A new policy for Special Educational Needs in Suffolk

It was a honour to chair the Policy Development Panel that has recommended a series of changes in SEND Policy at Suffolk County Council including spending £45.1m over five years creating additional provision across the county.

I look forward to presenting my recommendations to the Cabinet next week. Full report – https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-county-council-unveils-45-1m-plan-for-send-1-5860338

Protecting our environment

I’m proud of our record of protecting our county’s environment. Suffolk is one of the most beautiful places in our country, having inspired artists, writers and musicians over the centuries. But we must continue to work hard if we are to fulfil our duty to protect it for future generations to enjoy.

Our energy-from-waste plant takes all of Suffolk’s domestic waste that cannot be recycled and rather than send it to landfill generates enough electricity to power 30,000 homes. As a result, the proportion of Suffolk’s waste that goes to landfill has fallen from 44% to just 1%.

We have invested in our historic market towns and the regeneration at Ipswich waterfront and we will continue our important work to conserve Suffolk’s scenic countryside.

We will work to encourage residents to lead healthier and more active lives by developing cycle networks, enabling more people to enjoy our environment.

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Support for vulnerable people

Suffolk Conservatives are set to invest £1bn over the next four years to support vulnerable people right across the county, building on the £60m invested to create ten modern care homes to provide care for the county’s most vulnerable.

The investment comes at a time of particular pressure for social care services and follows on the development of 10 modern care homes to support vulnerable people who can no longer remain in their own home.

“Providing social care services is one of the most critical functions of the County Council. This investment marks out this area as key for the future of our most vulnerable residents and demonstrates our commitment to ensuring they are properly cared for.

“Whether in their own home or in a residential home, we owe a duty to our vulnerable people to care for them in the way we would want our own relatives to be cared for.

“Residents in St Margaret’s & Westgate can be assured of our commitment to the right care at the right time and our commitment to giving people the support they need to remain independent for as long as possible”.

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