I had a meeting with Tim Loughton MP, the Minister for Children today. I have met him a few times before when he was Shadow Minister, he was also one of the people who was kind enough to drop me a good luck note when I stood for Parliament in Nottingham North earlier in the year. It was a pleasure being able to chat now that he is in power and has Governmental responsibility for children's services.
Much of our conversation was about future direction. Whilst everyone is awaiting the spending announcements in October with anticipation and not a little concern, (and we all know tough times are ahead financially), it is reassuring to know that the Government's view is very hands off, preferring to look at what Councils produce and stepping in where necessary rather than managing in micro-detail from Westminster - which is what we had from the Labour Government. It means we can take a much more Cambridgeshire focussed view of what we do instead of continually reacting to diktats.
This is exactly what the Conservatives promised in the election campaign; it is good to see it happening in reality.