Christmas and the New Year will soon be upon us, although we don’t now close down in the same way that we used to even in the recent past.
So I will start by wishing you a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year but ask that we spare a thought to the many people who will be working over the festive period.
The full list is too extensive to go through, but one group in particular deserve our thanks – those who care for others, either directly within their own family or working in Solihull to deliver services, often to the most vulnerable, over the festive period.
A special thanks to them.
Solihull has again stood out amongst its peers this year.
Our education system has been recognised as one of the best in the country and it was recently reported that in Solihull we have the fastest growing rate of employment after London.
This means that more people are now in work than at any time before, which is certainly something to be celebrated.
Working to develop and grow our economy is essential to our future plans in Solihull.
Not only does it provide jobs but it also goes some way to ensuring we are able to deliver the quality and level of service we want for everyone in our borough, both now and in the future.
Partnership working is also another of our priorities – from working closely with our neighbouring authorities, to working with the Police which has delivered some real successes this year, or with the NHS through our Solihull Together for better lives programme.
This is designed around the aim of making sure that people who live in our borough get the right care and support, in the right way, when they need it.
Everything is focused on our first priority, the people of Solihull.
Once again I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Coun Bob Sleigh
Leader of Solihull Council