The festive period is always a time for reflection, and as I look back, it’s clear that 2018 has been another mixed year – of successes and highs, but of course some significant challenges too.
In looking back, I must thank my colleagues – the staff at Caerphilly County Borough Council – for their professionalism and passion, and that despite the most challenging financial times in our council’s history, they continue to do all they can to deliver quality services for the residents of our county borough.
Looking forward, these challenges will undoubtedly continue over the coming years, and it’s inevitable, given the financial situation, that some difficult decisions will need to be made. I’d assure readers however, that we’ll continue to rise to these challenges and continue to lobby hard for fair funding for local government as we look to the future.
As we settle done to enjoy this year’s festivities with our family and friends, it’s important that we remember that the festive period isn’t a break from work for everybody. My sincere thanks go to our social care staff, highways team and many, many others across the council, as well as our emergency services and health colleagues, who work all year round to ensure the most vulnerable in our society are protected and well looked after.
Finally, I’d urge residents to check in on relatives or neighbours that might be on their own over the festive period. Christmas can be a lonely time for those living alone, and a short call or visit can make all the difference.
As 2018 draws to a close, I wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.