Hello. I’m Mike Rouse, and I’m one of two Worcestershire County Councillors to represent the Redditch South division. This includes Headless Cross, Oakenshaw, Astwood Bank, Feckenham, Crabbs Cross, Hunt End, Walkwood and Callow Hill.
Write to me:
Councillor Mike Rouse
Worcestershire County Council
My mission statement
My mission as a Worcestershire County Councillor is to deliver better outcomes for the people I represent, and to focus especially on the young and the elderly and those from deprived backgrounds. I will approach issues with safety, security and value-for-money at the forefront of my mind. I will be a democrat first in everything I do, and I whilst I will behave with empathy I will speak truth to anyone who needs to hear it.
About Mike Rouse
Originally from Coventry, Mike Rouse moved to Worcestershire in 2011 where he married Elizabeth. They have two daughters and live in the Redditch South division that Mike co-represents on Worcestershire County Council as a shared electoral division.
Unable to access the opportunity of a university education, Mike was able to utilise his local library service where he would borrow books to learn website design and then software engineering and coding. This enabled Mike to set up his own business in the early 2000s and build up enough experience to secure work in the sector.
Mike’s professional background also features time in communications, sales account management, customer services and as a mental health worker for the NHS. His mother worked several jobs whilst raising Mike and his siblings until disability struck, requiring ongoing social care. His father was a HGV driver, but died from lung cancer whilst Mike was a young adult.
Due to the difficulties of his younger years, and motivated by formative experiences, Mike felt a calling to politics and is passionate about ensuring local government delivers for those in society whose voices are all too often not fully heard.
In his political and charitable career to date, Mike has achieved a number of successes, including:
- The rekindling of the relationship between Royal Enfield and the Borough of Redditch after 50 years
- Convening the first few meetings of the new Redditch Carnival and actively building the committee that went on to restart the annual event after a nearly 20 year pause
- Helping to establish the Support Redditch Emergency Network, which delivered thousands of food parcels during the pandemic
- Oversaw the leisure department on Redditch Borough Council that has invested in new play areas for the town
- Commissioned the first ever Youth Strategy for Redditch, and asked the local Youth Providers to write it
- Identified and encouraged the Borough Council to bid for the Towns Fund, which it did successfully, resulting in over £16m investment in regeneration
- Championed the rollout of E-Scooters in Redditch as part of the active travel agenda
- Protected voluntary and community groups from the impact of the removal of rent relief by engineering a solution that has grown the local grants pot.
Mike believes in finding innovative solutions to problems based on the conservative principles of efficient use of taxpayers’ money and creation of opportunities for people to better their own lives and wellbeing.