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Essex County Council praised for productivity

Politics / Thu 14th Nov 2019 am30 10:48am

THE latest report on England’s most productive councils shows Essex County Council has maintained its place in the top ten at number seven.

Published by independent consultancy, iMPOWER, the report was developed to rank the 149 top-tier councils in terms of productivity and show how they achieve better outcomes for residents from a less-than-average spend per head.

The results are drawn from performance measured against seven different areas, including children’s social care, older people, all-age disability, social care interface, housing and homelessness, waste and recycling and high needs.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “We are proud to have maintained our place in the top 10 most productive English councils. This is a huge tribute to the hard work of our staff who work tirelessly to improve the lives of our residents.

“We have seen some great successes over the past 12 months – our Outstanding Ofsted-rated Children’s Services, the more than £300m we’ve been awarded by MHCLG via the Housing Infrastructure Fund, to the Essex Climate Change Commission and the planting of 375,000 trees across the county, to name a few. These are all the more significant within the context of the challenging financial circumstances we and the rest of Local Government currently find ourselves in.

“At the heart of our success is our ability to think differently in the face of rapidly growing population, increased demand for social care and an ageing population. If we do things the same old way, we’ll get the same old outcomes. So we will need new, innovative approaches to providing services and serving the people of Essex.

“Essex residents remain at the heart of our conversations and decisions. I’m proud that we are serving our residents well, that this has been recognised by iMPOWER and that we are continuing to achieve positive outcomes across the county.”

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