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Essex’s toughest problems tackled through ground breaking collaboration

12 October 2016

Some of Essex’s hardest-to-solve problems – lack of affordable housing, shortages of skills and as we live longer tackling healthcare issues – are set to be addressed head on by a team of the county’s top public servants.

Today, they will begin working to boost economy, promoting greater independence for older people, and encouraging healthy lifestyles, the aim is to improve the lives of Essex people and reduce costs for taxpayers.

In a new and ground breaking programme launched today by the Essex Partnership, 50 people from public services providers representing Essex, Southend, and Thurrock will spend the next year experiencing the issues first-hand and working on better ways of tackling them.

The Greater Essex Leadership Collaborative includes officers from councils, universities, the police, fire, NHS and the voluntary sectors involves has been set up to develop the next generation of talented senior people. They will be encouraged to ditch the constraints of their own organisations and pool their talents and skills to come up with the answers Essex needs.

“There are some problems that cannot be solved by a single organisation or department, which need fresh thinking, new approaches and brighter ideas” said Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chair of the Essex Partnership Board.

“This programme is an opportunity to change the way we get things done now, and in the future. Seeing 50 talented people take on this challenge in this way demonstrates that our public services are ready, willing and able to do things differently to get better results.”

Chief Constable of Essex Police, Stephen Kavanagh said; “From a policing perspective, we often help victims of crime who require medical assistance and who are also in need of support from housing and social care. I can see many benefits of working together to deliver services more effectively.”