Essex County Council leader promotes his “budget of hope”

“A budget for all and a budget of hope” – Essex County Council Leader

A BUDGET for all and a budget of hope is what the Leader of Essex County Council promised today as he unveiled the council’s budget plans for 2020/21.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of the Council, prioritised tackling climate change, helping hard-working families and making sure the county’s children enjoy the best start in life.

On climate change, the Leader of the Council promised £5 million to enable action on climate change and an independent commission to oversee the work.

The Independent Chair of the Essex Climate Action Commission was also confirmed today as Lord Randall of Uxbridge, former MP and environment advisor to former Prime Minister Teresa May. He will also be joined on the cross-party Commission by two co-chairs from the Essex Young People’s Assembly.

Cllr Finch also announced that £1million will be committed to helping families that are just getting by and who may need extra support. Extra investment for the road network is also on the way with an extra £5 million being committed to repairs defects on roads and footways.

There will also be £10,000 per County Councillor to spend on local community initiatives, enabling local members to tackle the local issues that matter most to their communities.

Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch said: “Over the last few years we have gone from being a very effective, very well-run authority, to one of the strongest and most effective.

“It is thanks to how effectively we operate that, in a time of ever-tightening financial constraints, we are able to deliver a budget that not only balances the books, keeps Essex moving and protects our residents, but also breaks new ground, and enables us to explore new and exciting opportunities.”

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