Changes to the Kirklees Cabinet

Changes are being made to the Kirklees Cabinet, the council’s executive decision making body. The leader of the Council, Cllr David Sheard, has issued the following statement.

“I have been considering for some time how we best continue the rate of our improvement journey in children’s services during the time Cllr Erin Hill, Cabinet member for Children, is on maternity leave.

Having opened up this opportunity to the group, I have now come to the conclusion that the best way to ensure the continued high profile, high priority support for this vital area can only be achieved by making a more fundamental change.

Erin and I have been involved in the improvement from the start – from when our own processes uncovered significant issues, through Ofsted, through the appointment of the Commissioner and the work that went into her report, to our partnership with Leeds.

We cannot afford to lose sight of any of the detail that has helped us to reach this point. So for the period that Erin is on leave, I will take on the role of portfolio holder for this area.

Obviously this is not without its risks, but I feel the risk of losing our grip on the children’s improvement journey is greater if we don’t take this approach.

I will be asking all other Cabinet members to step up and share some of the areas of responsibility I will leave behind. While I will remain council leader, a number of the areas associated with that portfolio will sit with the deputy leader, Cllr Shabir Pandor. For example I will be pulling back from having such a close involvement in leading the budget process. All Cabinet members will need to take on more responsibility at this time, and I am confident all will do that.”

The new arrangements begin once Cllr Hill starts her maternity leave in late 2017.

To find out more about the cabinet you can visit our website.

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