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New cabinet to deliver £1 billion City Deal

Swansea Council has unveiled its new Cabinet to help deliver its priorities including the £1 billion City Deal project and 2021 City of Culture bid.

Cllr Rob Stewart

The new-look Cabinet has a number of new roles designed to put the Council in a stronger position to meet the challenges facing Swansea and local government.

It will become the first in Wales to introduce job-sharing for Cabinet Members to help encourage more people to become involved in the Council.

Council Leader Rob Stewart will be the Cabinet Member for Economy and Strategy.

Cllr Stewart said: "The Council is in a very strong position but we know we face a number of challenges, particularly in terms of funding and increasing demand for services.

"The new Cabinet has been designed to meet these challenges and deliver on the Council's priorities for the people of Swansea.

"We want to deliver our ambitious City Deal project, become the UK City of Culture in 2021 and transform the way the Council provides services.

"It's vital that we deliver major projects in the city to help boost the local economy and we're looking at innovative ways to provide new housing and energy for families.

"On top of this we still need to deliver high-class education, social care and environmental services that affect everyone every day and tackle poverty across our communities."

Clive Lloyd has been elected Deputy Leader and will be Cabinet Member for Service Transformation and Business Operations.

The other Cabinet Members are:

  • Health and Well-being: Mark Child;
  • Housing, Energy and Building Services: Andrea Lewis;
  • Children, Education and Lifelong Learning: Jen Raynor;
  • Culture, Tourism and Major Projects: Robert-Francis Davies;
  • Commercial Opportunities and Innovation: David Hopkins;
  • Stronger Communities: Will Evans;
  • Future Generations: June Burtonshaw and Mary Sherwood (job share);
  • Environment Services: Mark Thomas;

Cllr Stewart added: "I'm proud that we're the first council in Wales to embrace job-sharing for Cabinet Members. We're doing everything we can to modernise the Council for staff and it's important that we do the same for councillors.

"We want to reach out to new people and make it easier for them to become involved in the Council and their local communities."

The Cabinet along with five new Policy Development and Delivery Committees, Licensing and Planning Committees and 19 Member Champions were elected at Council on Thursday.

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