Everyone’s Essex: our plan for levelling up the county is launched
Twenty bold and ambitious commitments to help Essex recover from the pandemic and make sure we’re in a strong position to face challenges of the future have been approved by the County Council.
‘Everyone’s Essex’ outlines our plan for levelling up the county and was approved by councillors this week. The 20 commitments cover four themes: Economy, Environment, Health and Family.
The commitments including tackling unemployment, which is the highest Essex has seen for 30 years, through working to match training and skills to employment opportunities in the county.
Another goal is halving greenhouse gases in the county over the next ten years, leading to the county becoming carbon neutral by 2050, through speeding up the shift to greener housing, transport and energy.
Ensuring that everyone in Essex has the same opportunities, and supporting the health and wellbeing of families through addressing inequalities across health, housing and employment to enable levelling up is at the heart of the plan.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Leader of the Council, said: “We have come through the most extraordinary eighteen months. We’ve been tested to the limit but have risen to the challenge. We’ve seen just what we’re capable of achieving if collectively we work together to support one another.
“The next challenges are clear – we must be bold in our ambition to renew parts of the county that have suffered through the pandemic, and ensure that no-one is left behind by being rigorous in our commitment to equality.
“I am determined that in Essex we can build a better future. The task is huge – but we shouldn’t be daunted by its scale. We are Essex, and we will build back better.”