Published: 30th Sep 2011

When I came into local government it was not simply to administer the system. I had never had a secret ambition to be a local government officer or a social worker although I am the first to acknowledge the fantastic job they do. I saw the role of being a councillor as one of attempting to transform my community not simply to carry on in a better fashion. To that end I wanted to try and wrench my city out of simply following national trends towards a more sustainable economic prospect. I wanted a local workforce that was more highly skilled and able to get jobs anywhere in the conurbation. I wanted young people to come out of school with enough success in exams to go on to university and I wanted to create major job opportunities in my area that would transform the local economic scene. In short I … (To read the full article, subscribe below)