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David Finch 

Leader of Essex County Council


Guest Blog - Cllr Kevin Bentley

I am determined that we can and will improve the state of our roads

I took on the portfolio for highways roughly a month ago, and making sure the investment and activity we all want to see to help our road network recover from the ravages of the winter weather has been my top priority.

Guest Blog - Cllr David Finch

Did you know the East of England has a population of around 6.1 million people? 

Guest Blog - Cllr Kevin Bentley

Economic Commission

I met with economists, business leaders and academics from the Independent Essex Economic Commission on Friday, 23 March at Anglia Ruskin University for the launch of their final report, Enterprising Essex, Meeting the Challenge

Guest blog - Louise McKinlay

Proof we can provide more with less

I’m proud of the work we’ve done to provide a set of budget proposals which continue to protect and invest in the services residents rely on, while providing excellent value for money for taxpayers.

Cllr David Finch’s Budget speech in full

We are building on a stable foundation, a foundation that will provide security, prosperity and opportunity for all.

At a time when public finances continue to be under pressure and household budgets are also stretched, you might be expecting a speech which provides little by way of optimism. Well, if that is the case, I am pleased to be able to disappoint you.

Guest blog - Cllr Kevin Bentley

Essex 'place vision'

Essex County Council has  joined up with six other Essex based local authorities to develop a joint ‘place vision’ for South Essex up to 2050.

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.
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