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David Finch 

David Finch - 

Leader of Essex County Council

 

About this blog

In this blog, I intend to provide an insight into a little of what I and the rest of my colleagues in County Hall do; how we are trying to make Essex a better place to live and work, how we are trying to improve the services we offer to you and how we are attempting to promote Essex locally, nationally and internationally.

About David

Born in Yorkshire but brought up in the Braintree area, David Finch became leader of Essex County Council in May 2013. During his time with ECC David has held a number of positions including cabinet member for adults, health and community wellbeing and finance.

Before being elected as a councillor, David worked for a multi-national corporation as commercial director.

Comissions will support growth

Guest blog:Cllr Kevin Bentley

Now more than ever, it is imperative that we do all we can to drive forward economic growth in Essex.

We need to build sustainable services

In my last blog I spoke about the importance of making investment despite the financial challenge we face. However as well as investing, we also need to look at reshaping and rethinking services to ensure they continue to be delivered.

Investing in Infrastructure key to success

Back in February I outlined the financial position the council finds itself. It was one of the toughest budgets I have had to work on, and we have been open in saying that we face having to save over £1million a week every week for the next four years.

The future is here

The future is here - cars that drive themselves, robots that are smarter than us, and big data being used to predict disease outbreaks.

Five key steps to economic success

Last week I spoke to the Financial Times about the news that a new Commission is to be formed looking at economic growth in the Thames Estuary Region, which includes South Essex.

Flexibility will help us tackle issues head on

Ahead of the Chancellor's budget I had the opportunity to travel to the London Gateway in Thurrock to speak on the Today Programme on Radio 4.

Local Government must be at the heart of business rate reforms

This week I have had the chance to participate in a Government inquiry into Business Rate Reforms.
Why is this important?

Building a strong foundation for the future

This week saw our budget plans for the coming year approved by Full Council. As I have previously stated this was one of the toughest budgets I have ever worked on and, with ever decreasing funding, we face having to save over £1million a week every week for the next four years.

Why we are asking residents to pay a bit more in tax

Many of you will have heard this week that Essex County Council is proposing to end the five year freeze in council tax.

Letter to the Prime Minister

This week, I wrote a polite letter to the Prime Minister. I thought I would share the final paragraph with you.

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