Council man off to Whitehall job; CHALLENGE: New post for man who fixed city's social services.Byline: By Fiona Scott, POLITICAL EDITOR
THE MAN who turned around Coventry Coventry, city, England
Coventry (kŏv`əntrē, kŭv`–), city (1991 pop. 318,718) and metropolitan district, central England. Coventry is an industrial center noted for its automobile production. social services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales is going off to a top new job in Whitehall.
John Bolton Bolton or Bolton-le-Moors (bōl`tən-lə-mrz), city (1991 pop. 143,960) and metropolitan district, NW England, located in the Manchester metropolitan area. is going to be the Department of Health's first-ever strategic finance director for social care.
He'll be helping to draw up the next round of three-year public spending plans for Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Mr Brown said in his party conference speech in Bournemouth that social care was one of six areas needing review.
Mr Bolton, aged 57, will leave his pounds 118,000-a-year post as director of community services at Coventry City Council in December.
He'll then start the new job in January. He lives in Coventry with his wife and family and intends to commute TO COMMUTE. To substitute one punishment in the place of another. For example, if a man be sentenced to be hung, the executive may, in some states, commute his punishment to that of imprisonment. between the city and London.
Mr Bolton said his job would include working out the best ways of looking after the growing number of elderly people in the country.
He'll be looking at three options which are already being drawn up by a group of influential organisations, including Age Concern and The Kings Fund, which looks at research into health policy.
Mr Bolton said: "I've really always been interested in the way money is used in social care, where we can be more efficient and where social care is under-funded.
"Probably the most important issue facing social care is getting the funding right - any social services director, manager, or councillor will tell you that. I'd like to contribute and make a difference."
He doesn't shy away from Verb 1. shy away from - avoid having to deal with some unpleasant task; "I shy away from this task"
avoid - stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; "Her former friends now avoid her" challenges - when he came to Coventry in 2002 the city council's social services were rated among the worst in the country. They had a zero-star rating.
He turned them round - in the process unpicking the council's complicated budgets to uncover exactly where money was spent in social services.
He previously held a top post at the Audit Commission. As director of its joint review group, he was responsible for 70 reviews of whether individual councils offered value for money in their social services departments.
NEW JOB... John Bolton is taking up a new job in Whitehall.