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David Finch 

Leader of Essex County Council


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.

Guest Blog - Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Infrastructure and Partnerships

This week senior civil servants from the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission visited South Essex to hear how Essex County Council and its partners are striving to unlock the region’s economic potential.

Guest Blog – Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Finance

Focus, Fairness, Value and Creativity – these are the four guiding principles that underpin Essex County Council’s £1.8 billion budget.

Guest Blog – Cllr Simon Walsh, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste

The final days of this year’s Essex Energy Switch are upon us, but the good news is - there is still time left to register.

Social Care Precept a short term fix

Since the Government’s autumn statement announcement much has been said about social care, and how the country will pay for it over the coming years.

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.
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