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David Finch 

Leader of Essex County Council


Guest blog - Cllr David Finch

A positive, practical and prioritised budget for Essex

Today my cabinet approved a positive, practical and prioritised set of budget proposals so we can continue investing for Essex’s future. They now go to full council for approval in two weeks.

Guest blog - Cllr Kevin Bentley

A week of firsts for the Essex economy

Monday, 27 November was an important day for the Essex economy. The Stansted Airport College, the first of its kind in the UK, was marked with a ground breaking ceremony, and secondly, the government launched its ambitious Industrial Strategy which will have a positive impact on our county.

Guest blog - Cllr Dick Madden

Bright Futures – getting the best for children, young people and families

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the National Children and Adult Services conference, where I outlined work into children’s services across the country and announced the publication of a new report - Bright Futures: getting the best for children, young people and families.

It’s time for change, it’s time the government gave Essex a fair deal

What would you think if I told you that because you live in Essex, the Government doesn’t think you are worth as much as someone who lives in London? You’d be outraged. Unfortunately, that’s not too far from the truth.

My hopes for the Future of Essex

Change is unstoppable. And so are we.

North Essex can be the shining light for the creation of new homes

This week Essex County Council gave further backing to the North Essex Garden Communities Programme, which is currently exploring the potential for three new Garden Communities on the corridor between Stansted and Harwich.

Guest blog - Cllr Ray Gooding

GCSE results round off an excellent year for education in Essex

Schools in Essex have done themselves proud again this year, capped off with some excellent GCSE results.

A blueprint to help ECC reach its goals by 2021

A masterplan that will be the cornerstone of everything Essex County Council does over the next four years was approved at Full Council recently.

Guest blog - Cllr Dick Madden

Taking a holistic approach to improving children's social care

My second speech at this year’s Local Government Association (LGA) conference gave me the opportunity to talk about the work of the LGA task and finish group around improving children’s social care. 

Guest blog - Cllr Dick Madden

'Any is too many' - addressing child poverty in Essex

This week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Local Government Association (LGA) conference in Birmingham, where I outlined plans to address child poverty across Essex.
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