Whole Essex Community Budget

Information about the Community Budgets Project

Essex is one of only four places in the country selected by HM Government to lead a community budgets pilot.

The core idea of community budgets is that a broad range of partners should agree common outcomes and then pool resources and join up activities to achieve those outcomes.

HM Government were keen to test how this can be achieved and issued a prospectus back in June 2011 seeking expressions of interest for areas willing to pilot a whole place community budgets. 

Essex partners submitted an expression of interest in November, in which we were able to demonstrate the drive, ambition, capacity and partnership working necessary to deliver robust and credible community budget proposals:

Whitehall recognised the strength of our bid and, on 21 December, following several rounds of shortlisting, announced Essex as one of only 4 pilots nationwide.  By fully embracing this, we have a unique opportunity to fundamentally think about how best to design, fund, commission and deliver outstanding public services, locally and nationally

There are a wide range of ambitious projects on that will be honed over the coming weeks into tighter, more focused projects capable of proving the Community Budget concept as a mechanism for wider, system-level, public sector reform.

The projects are grouped around the themes of:

  • Families with Complex Needs
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Community Safety
  • Economic Opportunity

The project teams being put together around these projects will use the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and other intelligence within Essex Insight as their evidence base. Insight into how the projects are progressing will appear here in the coming weeks.

For more information please visit the Whole Essex Community Budget website



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