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County council approve future fit plan
11:04am Monday 21st January 2013 in News
WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has approved a revised corporate plan which sets out the direction of the council for the next five years.
Full council met last Thursday to discuss leader Adrian Hardman’s direction and vision for the period 2013 to 2017.
The corporate plan, entitled Worcestershire Future Fit, was first adopted by the county council in June 2011.
The new draft plan continues to focus on business, children and families, the environment and health and wellbeing.
The council has estimated that it will be 40 per cent smaller by 2017 as a result of the decommissioning services, ceasing to be a provider of services and delegating service provision.
It also notes that the change in demographics in Worcestershire could result in about 70 per cent of the council's budget being spent on adults and children’s social care by 2017.
The council aim to use no more than 60 per cent of its total budget for adults and children’s social care by meeting the needs of vulnerable adults and children but in more cost effective ways.
Leader of the council Adrian Hardman said: "I'm delighted that full council has endorsed my recommendation to approve the refresh of our corporate plan. The plan remains deliberately aspirational and our vision is ambitious.
"We've listened to and acted upon the thoughts and suggestions of residents and businesses and that is and will continue to be an essential part of transforming our council.
“This is reflected in our priorities, such as extra investment being directed towards protecting vulnerable adults and children, investment in the county's roads and capital programmes, as well as supporting local businesses with schemes such as super-fast broadband and small business funds.”