Alongside a full council meeting on Tuesday, where we set the budget for 2018/19 it has been a busy week all round.

Setting a budget, which ensures we live within our means, has been challenging. I want to thank all those council officers involved for the hard work they have done.

Despite the difficult decisions required to balance the budget which will mean job losses, we are continuing to protect the majority of front-line services, such as street cleaning, while increasing funding for social care services.

At the same time, we are investing in infrastructure projects that will improve local transport, support job creation, and provide the new affordable homes our area needs.

By investing in projects that generate a long-term income for the council, this will also help towards achieving our ambition of becoming self-sufficient and create a positive legacy to pass on to future generations.

Prior to the budget I attended East Harptree Parish Council on Monday where broadband was on the agenda – getting superfast broadband out to all areas is essential for residents and especially our rural economy.

Supporting and helping business grow across Bath and North East Somerset makes for a vibrant economy that we can all benefit from and this was something I was also able to discuss when I went along to Bath Initiative.

The regular quarterly get-togethers are a great opportunity for businesses to get involved and express their views on key local and regional issues.

On Thursday I was especially pleased to be able to attend the launch of Bath Preservation Society’s exhibition called Women’s Suffrage 100: Freedom & Fight in Bath which is at No.1 Royal Crescent. The exhibition runs until January next year and is a really well-informed look at significant and important part of our political and social history.

Tonight Bath are away to Newcastle Falcons and I am hopeful for another win like last week’s 32-9 victory over Northampton Saints at the Rec – a fantastic win for the team.