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David Finch 

Leader of Essex County Council


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.

Guest Blog - Cllr John Spence

Garden Communities – Not just housing

This last week the University of Essex in Colchester held an event looking at the future of housing and specifically the future we want from Garden Communities. Obviously this is something in which the university has a vested interest and a key role to play, with the North Essex Garden Communities programme currently exploring the viability of a new community on land nearby, as well as new communities west of Colchester and west of Braintree.

Ministers must utilise ECC ideas, innovation and experience

Wednesday’s Queen’s speech was more notable for its omissions than what it included. If you are the leader of a council which runs adult social care and wants to power up your local economy, the overall feeling could only be disappointment. I know I am not alone here.

Just as our county is changing, so too must the organisation that serves it

Since the Essex County Council six weeks ago, my political leadership team has been busily fine-tuning our priorities. Now it is time to start making those ambitions a reality.

Multi-faith event reinforces “together we are stronger” message

This week I had the privilege of joining a multi-faith event to reinforce the sentiment that together we are stronger.

Reassurance in a time of crisis

I had to pop into Chelmsford late yesterday afternoon on an errand.

In the pedestrianised High Street just by Lloyd’s Bank, two police response cars were parked and just by them, two uniformed police officers were chatting.

Amid the world’s political leaders quite rightly and properly condemning last night’s atrocious bombing in Manchester, the comments of one Mancunian stood out.

Not the words of the Leader of the Council, the Chief Constable or the Mayor of the City.

But the thoughts of a taxi driver.

New Cabinet will “deliver lean, efficient and effective public services”

This week I had the pleasure of unveiling my new Cabinet at the first Full Council meeting since the May 4th poll, when 75 councillors, including 29 new members, were elected to represent the people of Essex.
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