Over the coming months, the Labour minority Administration on Brighton and Hove City Council, which I am proud to lead, faces a number of significant challenges.
We face a seventh austerity budget imposed on us by the Conservative government, taking £100m away from our service funding, and the same time as our costs are growing and Whitehall hands us ever more responsibility for things they previously paid for.
We face the challenge of securing funding and powers to secure our city’s heritage and infrastructure, at the Pavilion and on the seafront, particularly Madeira Terraces.
We have to continue to make progress on delivering 1500 new council homes and truly affordable homes through our Living Wage joint venture.
We have to meet the challenge of a rising tide of rough sleeping and homelessness caused by Government welfare policy.
We need to secure the progress made on getting a better deal for tenants in the private rented sector, and support the provision of student accommodation to ease pressure on the housing market.
We have to ensure the council and partner agencies are ready to help those hit by the Governments roll-out of Universal Credit.
We must secure progress on the new conference centre and concert arena, extension to Churchill Square, and funding for a new King Alfred. Jobs, homes and our city’s future economic prosperity depend on it.
We need to bring together the council and Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver the GPs, primary health care services and basic NHS provision residents need.
We must continue the improvement in recycling we have achieved, and the action against litterers and flytippers who are placing a strain on our city’s cleaning services.
We want to roll out troubleshooters into our communities to tackle problems as they arrive at a local level, and improve the way we provide customer services online.
We must push even harder for a better deal for Brighton and Hove from the Government, for the powers and funding to deliver what our communities need.
We have to ensure the places at our schools, all of which are good and improving, are there for the pupils that need them.
We must continue to prepare the city, our economy and our businesses for the impact of Brexit.
All this and much more needs to be done. Its the job I was elected to do, that the city expects me to get on with, and I will not be distracted or diverted from it.
Despite the challenges we face, Brighton and Hove can be as great as it ever was, and better, for everyone that lives here. That the job I’m getting on with.