|The new council leader of Wigan Council has unveiled his top team
Councillor David Molyneux was officially appointed as the new leader of Wigan Council at the full council meeting on Wednesday (23rd May) after succeeding Lord Peter Smith who stood down after 27 years.
Cllr Molyneux has unveiled his cabinet team which will help him deliver his priorities over the coming years for the council which serves a population of 320,000 and is one of the biggest metropolitan boroughs in the country.
He will retain the portfolio for economic development and regeneration and will also have responsibility for policy direction, the budget, delivering the Deal for the Future and working on a Greater Manchester level.
Deputy leader Councillor Keith Cunliffe retains responsibility for adult social care and will oversee service integration, health and wellbeing and services for adults with disabilities.
Councillor Carl Sweeney has a new brief in charge of environment with responsibility for waste and recycling, highways and environmental protection.
Councillor Nazia Rehman is promoted to cabinet member for resources, finance and transformation and with responsibilities including public sector reform, customer services and legal services.
A new portfolio for police, crime and civil contingencies is held by Councillor Kevin Anderson who will oversee the council’s emergency response capability, community safety and partnership working with the police.
Among the cabinet members who retain their existing positions are Councillor Jenny Bullen, cabinet member for children and young people, Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities and Councillor Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for housing and welfare.
The cabinet will be supported by five lead members: Councillor Joanne Marshall, lead member for green Wigan, Councillor Jim Moodie, lead member for leisure and public health, Councillor Paula Wakefield, lead member for equalities and domestic abuse, Councillor Clive Morgan lead member for armed forces and veterans and Councillor Yvonne Klieve lead member for district centres and night time economy.
Councillor Molyneux said: “I am privileged to be supported in my leadership by a team of very talented, hard-working and passionate councillors who are dedicated to improving Wigan Borough.
“We have some great opportunities for the borough ahead but also some significant challenges, not least the ending of central government funding by 2020.
“I know my cabinet team will meet these challenges head-on and be prepared to make the decisions that will help Wigan Council to continue to be one of the best performing councils in the country.”
Councillor Molyneux said his initial top priorities as leader were opportunities for young people in the borough, growing the local economy and creating a “listening leadership” where all council members had a chance to contribute.
Despite an increase in the number of lead members the overall allowance for the roles has stayed the same.