Essex Council look for your views

News / Thu 10th Jul 2014 at 12:57pm

RESIDENTS, businesses, voluntary and other public sector organisations are being urged to have their say on the Council’s ambitions for making Essex an even better place to live and work.

A ten week consultation has been launched on seven key strategies designed to enable the Council to achieve its ambitions for Essex launched earlier this year.

The strategies outline how the Council will work with its partners to improve people’s lives and the steps it will take to support local communities over the next four years. They have been influenced by discussions with a range of organisations and any commitments the Council has already made with them.

The seven strategies each focus on one of the council’s ambitions:

· giving children the best start in life

· enabling people to enjoy good health and wellbeing

· ensuring people have aspirations and achieve ambitions through education, training and lifelong learning

· ensuring people live in safe communities and are protected from harm

· developing and maintain sustainable economic growth for Essex communities and businesses

· ensuring a better quality of life by developing, maintaining and promoting a healthy, safe and clean environment

· enabling people to live independently and exercise choice and control over their lives

Each sets out the key steps that the Council will take as it works with partners across the private, public and voluntary sector to shape how services are commissioned.

Underpinning the strategies and plans is the Council’s commitment to radically change the way it works, improve the lives of local residents and help businesses flourish while achieving at least £237 million savings by 2017.

Leader of the Council, Councillor David Finch, said: “We have a clear vision for how we can improve people’s lives, support economic growth and continue to make Essex a safe and clean county to live in – even while having to make savings.

“We have worked with a range of partners to develop the thinking that has informed these strategies. I would urge everyone to have their say on what we are seeking to achieve so we can ensure we are all pushing in the same direction.”

Details of the consultation can be found at https://surveys.essexinsight.org.uk/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=400

The consultation closes on 14 September 2014.

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