On Monday I attended an event alongside experts in local government from a range of sectors where we discussed the Chancellor’s Autumn statement and the impact it will have on local businesses. It’s important that the Council continues to support local businesses during this challenging economic climate so it was good to hear some examples of best practice and share ideas.

Discussions this week with Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees and Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Councillor Matthew Riddle, were concentrated on the devolution process. We have been looking at our priorities and what we hope to seek from the Government in the future as we begin this exciting process.

I attended the Health and Wellbeing Board where we were discussing future changes in health care. We heard from Virgin Care about the integration of health and care services in Bath and North East Somerset – and how it will offer a more joined up and personalised service in the future with the focus firmly on prevention and supporting people to maintain their independence.

The regular Bath city centre action group meeting also took place this week. This provides an opportunity to discuss a range of issues affecting the city of Bath. Those on the agenda included planning and licencing law for party houses used for large scale events like stag and hen parties and relations between the universities and the city centre.

Following on from Bath’s 14-11 win against Saracens last weekend, this weekend I will be attending the biggest local derby match on the calendar as Chew Valley take on Keynsham on Saturday. I used to play for Chew Valley Rugby Club and a few years ago I coached the youngsters at Keynsham Rugby Club so this match means a lot to me. I will also be keeping a close eye on Bath Rugby as they take on Cardiff Blues in the European Challenge Cup.

As the party season is beginning to get underway, we all like to enjoy a drink or two with friends and family. But it’s important to think about how to get home safely. Please don’t drink and drive, it’s not worth the risk to anyone who might get caught up in it, as well as yourself, your family and your friends. Take a licensed taxi or if you plan to walk home, stay with your friends.