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Spending on vulnerable in Essex 'ringfenced'
SPENDING on vulnerable people in Essex will be “pretty much ringfenced” in county council spending cuts.
David Finch, leader of Essex County Council, wants the public’s views on where cash should be spent in the coming years.
Savings of £365 million have already been found by the authority over the past four years, but County Hall now needs to save a further £220 million and Mr Finch is turning to the county’s 1.4 million residents to see what areas they think should be prioritised, or where the axe should fall.
Mr Finch said tough decisions needed to be made but suggested care for vulnerable adults and children would be "pretty much ringfenced".
To kick start the process a series of roadshows, from 9am to 5pm, will be held at five towns across Essex where councillors and staff will answer questions and take down thoughts. Roadshows take place at:
- High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford, Tuesday August 13
- Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon, Thursday August 15
- Clacton Factory Outlet, Clacton, Wednesday August 21
- Lion Walk Shopping Centre, Colchester, Friday August 23
To make suggestions outside of the roadshows tweet @Essex_CC using #youressex, visit the county council's Facebook page or e-mail email@example.com. You can also contact your local county councillor.
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