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BrandonlewLocal Government Minister Brandon Lewis with his series celebrating excellence in our Town Halls

Having highlighted my home County of Norfolk last week, this week i a able to highlight my old stomping ground of Essex. This is the last County Council I will champion for a while, due to purdah. Good luck to all candidates in their work over the next few weeks and thank you to everyone who helps them, for all that you do.

My Champion Council this week is Essex County Council who have launched a plan to save money by working in partnership with other organizations to deliver its children, adults and community services, rather than having sole responsibility for them. A number of structural changes will take place, including a merger of the roles of Children’s Services and Director of Adult Social Care. This will help strengthen and enhance the Council’s social care work. The plans outlined will build upon the strong foundations laid down by the first phase of Council’s moves to reshape the way it works. By taking a long, hard look at management structures, Essex are able to make saving at the same time as improving services for local residents.

The council’s plans have meant that they have made millions in savings and efficiencies

I am still keen to hear about innovative work councils are doing and those not up for election may will still get a mention over the next few weeks. With the transformation challenge award we have now announced details of and the aim to extend the community budget pilots into a wider range of areas we should have a lot of exciting innovative plans coming forward.

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