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David Finch 

Leader of Essex County Council


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.

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.

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