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David Finch 

Leader of Essex County Council


Guest Blog - Cllr David Finch

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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