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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.

Social Care Funding is at crisis point

With the Chancellor due to give his first Autumn Statement later this month, social care funding must be his top priority.

Autumn Statement can be a statement of intent

This November the new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, will deliver his first Autumn Statement to the house.

Four-year settlement sets out financial challenge ahead

Today Cabinet approved the decision to accept the Government’s offer of a four year settlement on the funding they provide to us.

Focus on mayors should not derail devolution

Over the last 18 months I have been meeting and working alongside district, borough and city council leaders to develop a devolution deal for Greater Essex.

Developing our digital engagement

It will come as no surprise to you when I say that many councils are a bit behind the times when it comes to doing digital engagement well.

Making the case for an industrial strategy

Last week I wrote to our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, to congratulate her on her new role. How quickly the world of politics can change!

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.
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