“A budget for all and a budget of hope”
A budget for all and a budget of hope is what the Leader of the council has promised as he unveiled our budget plans for 2020/21. The budget sets out our intentions to prioritise action on climate change, help hard-working families and to make sure children across Essex enjoy the best start in life, amongst other key aims.
A £5million fund has been allocated to enable action on climate change and an independent commission to oversee the work. The Independent Chair of the Essex Climate Action Commission has been confirmed 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.
Our budget plans also include a £1million commitment 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.
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 in large part 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.
Find out more about our 2020/21 budget and what it means for you.