Last night was the first time I had been to Corporate Services Committee. Executive Members go to the Select Committee that is most relevant to their area. As my portfolio is rather new and has quite vague boundaries, I go to two Select Committees - this one and Overview and Scrutiny.
Last night's meeting was an eye opener about a lot of areas of work - although in some cases there was great news.
What stood out for me was the work done by the people in the Benefits Maximisation Team. They have been helping Liverpool people get the benefits they are entitled to and so making a real difference to some of the poorest of our citizens.
It still worries me though that there are people who don't claim because there is some feeling that claiming is stigmatising. A bit of a short chat about how we can deal with that and I am confident that the team will be doing more to target this type of non-claimant in future.