Council to be led by new look Cabinet

Plymouth City Council’s Labour administration has announced its new Cabinet, which includes a new member and a number of key changes.

Councillor Ian Tuffin, who has been chairing the Council’s Your Plymouth scrutiny panel, joins the Cabinet in the Health and Adult Social Care portfolio.

The role includes responsibility for older people’s services, mental health services, physical disability services, drug and alcohol services, learning disability services, the dementia friendly city agenda, health and social care co-operative commissioning, health and wellbeing and healthcare matters.

Councillor Tuffin, who has represented St Peter and the Waterfront ward since 2011 and has previously worked with adults with learning disabilities, will oversee the ongoing transformation of adult health and social care services which includes greater integration of social care and health services and more personal choice for people receiving care services.

Councillor Sue MacDonald, who represents St Peter and the Waterfront and has been Cabinet member for Public Health and Adult Social Care for the past two years, now takes on the role of Cabinet member for Children, Young People and Public Health.

The portfolio includes children’s social care, adoption and fostering, corporate parenting, schools and colleges, early year’s development, early intervention and prevention for families and youth services.

Councillor MacDonald continues to oversee the Public Health agenda and will be working with the Council’s new Director of Public Health to tackle health inequalities in the city.

Council Leader Tudor Evans, who represents Ham Ward, chairs the Cabinet and has an overview of the Council and its resources. He is responsible for the Corporate Plan, corporate policy development, communications, employment and skills, economy, enterprise and employment, regional and local economic strategy, strategic and commercial projects and the capital programme.

Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader, who represents Honicknowle, retains a portfolio that includes human resources, customer services, libraries, ICT, business continuity and civil protection, democracy and governance, localities working, community and neighbourhood development, the leisure management contract, sports development, events, culture, heritage and museums (including Mount Edgcumbe), the Waterfront Partnership and community cohesion and equalities.

Councillor Mark Lowry, who represents Honicknowle, remains Cabinet Member for Finance, and is responsible for the Council’s revenue budget, corporate property, land and facilities management, performance management, strategic procurement, the City Centre Company and capital programme monitoring.

Councillor Lowry now also has responsibility for the Council’s transformation programme, which aims to deliver more than £50m savings over three years, the Council’s revenues service and municipal enterprise, which involves the Council taking a more commercial approach to using its assets.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, who represents St Peter and the Waterfront, has the Co-operatives, Housing and Community Safety portfolio and will oversee co-operative support and development (including use of Council assets), anti-social behaviour, community safety, strategic housing delivery, homelessness, private sector housing, grants and improvements, the Fairness Commission and child poverty.

Housing delivery is a key part of the portfolio as the Council has ambitious plans to increase the amount of housing available in the city, including affordable housing.

Councillor Brian Vincent, who represents, Efford and Lipson, is Cabinet member for the Environment and has a portfolio that covers development planning, waste management, recycling and street cleaning, parks including playgrounds and green spaces, climate change and sustainability, public protection service and licensing.

Devonport councillor Mark Coker remains responsible for the Transport portfolio, which covers transport policies and strategies, sustainable transport, highways and car parks.

His portfolio also now includes Destination Plymouth, the destination management organisation that delivers visitor marketing services for the city.

Councillor Evans said: “We are very pleased to welcome Ian Tuffin to the Cabinet to take on the key role of overseeing adult social care. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the city to this key role.

“Sue MacDonald has done an excellent job for the last two years in leading the adult social care agenda and will use that experience in her new role leading services for children and young people. She will retain responsibility for public health, a vital role as we work with partners to tackle the significant health problems we have in the city.

“We have a very strong and experienced Cabinet to lead the Council through its next stage in its development as a co-operative council that works closely with the local community to deliver services that better meet local needs.

“Over the last two years we have delivered an ambitious programme that included delivering 99 out of 100 pledges covering all aspects of living and working in Plymouth. We continue to have an ambitious – and challenging – agenda both for the Council and the city that includes creating more jobs and housing for Plymouth residents.”

The proposed changes to the Cabinet are due to be ratified at the Council’s Annual Meeting on 6 June.

The new Cabinet comprises:

Tudor EvansLeader
Pete SmithDeputy Leader
Sue MacDonaldChildren, Young People and Public Health
Chris PenberthyCo-operatives, Housing and Community Safety
Brian VincentEnvironment
Mark LowryFinance
Ian TuffinHealth and Adult Social Care
Mark CokerTransport