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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.

Hopefully these pages will become a forum for discussion and debate around many of the issues and challenges facing our county, so I would like to encourage you to share with me your comments and opinions. For my part I will try to keep my posts interesting and informative and I will be paying attention to what is posted.

About David

David Finch became leader of Essex County Council in May 2013.

During his time with Essex County Council David has held a number of positions including cabinet member for adults, health and community wellbeing, finance and the transformation programme. He was deputy leader between 2010 and 2013.

As cabinet member for finance and transformation, David oversaw the delivery of more than £365million of savings by personally selecting the most appropriate projects and approving business cases that will produce the efficiencies required, drawing on his significant business experience in a wide range of industries, and contributing significantly to the philosophy and vision for Essex to become a commissioning organisation.

In February 2012 David was awarded the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Finance Performance’ award at the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) Councillor Achievement Awards 2012.

Before being elected as a councillor, David worked for a multi-national corporation as commercial director. He was responsible for the supply chain to 40 countries around the world.

He retired and entered local politics having been a member of the Conservative Party for more than 40 years. In 1995 he became a Braintree district councillor. In 2001, he stood for Essex County Council and was elected to represent the Hedingham division.

He is married to Susan and they have a daughter. They live in Borley.

Born in Yorkshire but brought up in the Braintree area, David is extremely proud to lead Essex County Council.

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.

All in this together

We’re all in this together. That has been the Chancellor George Osborne’s mantra since assuming office in 2010.
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