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New cabinet revealed

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The leader of Dudley Council today announced new faces on his decision-making cabinet for a “pivotal year ahead”.

The council’s cabinet was announced at a meeting of the full council tonight (Thursday), with some new faces on board.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of the council, said the new cabinet would be tasked with overseeing some huge programmes of work and making key decisions over the next 12 months.

It includes the £353 million Midland Metro extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill, the £82 million Portersfield leisure and retail development in Dudley, building on the DY5 enterprise zone success and overseeing continued improvements in children’s services.

The leader of the council also said the council’s procurement programme would be a central focus, as the authority looks to save more money in the way it buys in services.

Councillor David Vickers remains as deputy leader of the council, but there are new roles for Councillors Ruth Buttery, Simon Phipps and Angus Lees.

Councillor Buttery takes over the health and wellbeing portfolio with Councillor Phipps heading up the procurement, transformation and commercialisation brief. Councillor Lees comes in as cabinet member for children’s services.

Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of the council, said:

There are some new faces on the cabinet and some people returning to their roles, but each and every cabinet member has a crucial job in ensuring we deliver value for money services to the people of this borough.
This is a pivotal year ahead with a number of key programmes of work on the table and it is essential we have the right people in place to deliver that.
This authority is 92 per cent self-sufficient which means we rely less on funding from central government because of the money we bring in. This cabinet will build on that and help make us more efficient than ever before, something that is critical to delivering big projects and high quality services at the same time.

The cabinet in full is:

Councillor Patrick Harley, council leader and cabinet member for policy

Councillor David Vickers, deputy leader of the council

Councillor Steve Clark, cabinet member for finance

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for adult social care

Councillor Angus Lees, cabinet member for children’s services

Councillor Simon Phipps, cabinet member for procurement, transformation and commercialisation

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental services

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for health and wellbeing

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise

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