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David Finch 

Leader of Essex County Council

 



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!

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.

Five key steps to economic success

Last week I spoke to the Financial Times about the news that a new Commission is to be formed looking at economic growth in the Thames Estuary Region, which includes South Essex.

Flexibility will help us tackle issues head on

Ahead of the Chancellor's budget I had the opportunity to travel to the London Gateway in Thurrock to speak on the Today Programme on Radio 4.

Local Government must be at the heart of business rate reforms

This week I have had the chance to participate in a Government inquiry into Business Rate Reforms.
Why is this important?

Building a strong foundation for the future

This week saw our budget plans for the coming year approved by Full Council. As I have previously stated this was one of the toughest budgets I have ever worked on and, with ever decreasing funding, we face having to save over £1million a week every week for the next four years.
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