Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader announces his new cabinet

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader Councillor Mohammed Pervez has given details of his new Cabinet after the reshuffle at Monday nights Labour Group AGM which saw Debra Gratton & Sarah Hill removed.

Sarah Hill subsequently resigned her position as a Councillor forcing a by-election in the Springfields and Trent Vale ward. Continue reading

Age UK Teams Up With Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Adult Safeguarding Partnership

The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership have teamed up with the country’s largest charity for older people to raise awareness of the abuse of older and more vulnerable people.

Last year 3,100 cases of financial, emotional, institutional, discriminatory and physical abuse and neglect were reported in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, but experts believe the issue is still underreported, especially with regards to abuse against older people.

Now the partnership has teamed up with Age UK North Staffordshire on The Signs Were There campaign to help people recognise the signs of financial and emotional abuse, and neglect, and help them report it.

We know that awareness of financial abuse is particularly low amongst the public which is worrying because it’s of growing concern nationally. It’s often the hardest to spot, which is why it’s all the more important we raise awareness of the issue, and give people the information on where to report it.
Around 80% of the calls that we receive about possible abuse come from professionals. But we know friends, families and neighbours spend more time with vulnerable adults than professionals do. Sometimes they notice something which is not quite right but they don’t recognise it as possible abuse.

We want to increase awareness about the signs of neglect, emotional abuse and financial abuse. Without calls from friends, family, neighbours, the problems might go unreported and people will suffer. We want everyone in contact with older adults and those with disabilities to recognise the signs of abuse and to know how to report these.

The city council is working with all interested parties to make sure that vulnerable adults are safe wherever they live and whoever is caring for them.

So if you see it, please make that call to the safeguarding professionals. Even if you suspect abuse, that enough evidence to make that call.

We welcome this campaign in the county to highlight the risks and tackle the problems of financial and other abuse facing older people. Making information and support more widely available is vital, and we are pleased to play our part in making this important campaign a success. We urge anyone concerned about actual or possible abuse of an older person to ring the safeguarding number without delay.
”Teaming up with Age UK has been tremendous, it’s allowed us to get right into the heart of communities and spread the message. Sometimes financial abuse might show itself by the vulnerable person suddenly not being able to pay bills, personal possessions going missing, or people being unusually interested in what someone owns.

Anyone who is concerned about a vulnerable adult being abused should:

contact the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Adult Safeguarding Partnership on:

0845 604 2886 in Staffordshire (local call cost)

People with a hearing impairment can use the Minicom on 01785 2876207 or text on 07814 191 111

0800 561 0015 in Stoke-on-Trent

Or 999 in an emergency

Or any Age UK outlet

Audio Interviews with Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Newly Appointed Cabinet

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader Mohammed Pervez has to day named the Labour Group Councillors who are to serve on his cabinet.

The cabinet line up is as follows:

* Councillor Paul Shotton, deputy council leader and cabinet member for resources;

* Councillor Sarah Hill, cabinet member for finance;

* Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development;

* Councillor Adrian Knapper, cabinet member for planning & transportation;

* Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration;

* Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for city services;

* Councillor Gwen Hassall, cabinet member for housing & neighbourhoods;

* Councillor Olwen Hamer, cabinet member for adult social care, health & commissioning; and

* Councillor Debra Gratton, cabinet member for children’s services and life skills.

We are pleased to bring you audio interviews with Pervez, Sarah Hill, Mark Meredith and Adrian Knapper.

We will bring you more audio interviews with the cabinet members in the weeks to come.

” Well this might surprise you all – Well done Pervez.

“This seems like a good start with a clever balance of maintaining experience with new and competent faces, as well as a mix of left and not so left.

“Having a single strong group in the driving seat especially for four years does hold out some potential for sustained and clear direction.

“Key to this, firstly, will be how quickly the new political regime builds up its confidence, no longer shackled by the unpredictable coalition. No more worrying about how or if something will go through the full council.

“Secondly will be how the Labour Party in the City responds to the opportunities now open to them, for example developing a strong broad policy to direct the officers and the council over the next four years. This will be the test for the structures put in place during the more uncertain times within the Labour Party itself.

“There are many challenges to come, but despite our political differences, I know many of the new councillors and know that there is some talent there now in depth.
Give them all a chance – be more confident – take political control back from the officers – deliver.

Good Luck”.

Stoke-on-Trent Labour Leader announces Team ‘to fight for our community, every step of the way.’

Following all out elections on May 5 in Stoke-on-Trent, in which the Labour Party won 34 seats, Council Leader Mohammed Pervez has today named his cabinet of 4 men and 6 women.

“With the Tory-led Government in Westminster handing down massive deep cuts to Stoke-on-Trent, our city needs a strong Labour cabinet to be its voice in tough times, and I’m delighted to announce that’s exactly what we’ve now got.

“Everyone agrees that this Council needs to do more for the community we represent, and help make Stoke-on-Trent the success we all know it can be. On May 5 People in the city made it clear that they wanted a strong Labour team representing them and my cabinet is absolutely determined to fight for our community, every step of the way.

“Whether we are battling to save key frontline public services or working to get much needed new investment and jobs into our city, this Labour cabinet will always have one top priority – the people of Stoke-on-Trent.

“Under Labour this is a new start for our city. There are tough times ahead and we need to unite to show responsible leadership.

“We want to build on the FA cup final feel good factor and grow positive investment in the city. In one weekend we have seen what can be possible. Inspirational plans for the city and a vision to get us through the tough times. It will be a fight but we will win through for the people of Stoke-on-Trent”.

The full cabinet line up is:

* Councillor Paul Shotton, deputy council leader and cabinet member for resources;

* Councillor Sarah Hill, cabinet member for finance;

* Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development;

* Councillor Adrian Knapper, cabinet member for planning & transportation;

* Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration;

* Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for city services;

* Councillor Gwen Hassall, cabinet member for housing & neighbourhoods;

* Councillor Olwen Hamer, cabinet member for adult social care, health & commissioning; and

* Councillor Debra Gratton, cabinet member for children’s services and life skills.

One suprise omission is Tom Reynolds who was cabinet member with responsiblilty from communications and served under Pervez in the last administration.