Essex County Council is celebrating the positive impact that levelling up funding has had on the area, with projects making major strides in improving the life chances of people in Essex.
At a parliamentary event yesterday (Wednesday 8th March) the council, alongside senior ministers and MPs, showcased the achievements that have come out of the first year of projects. In attendance at the event was Harlow MP Robert Halfon, Minister of State for Skills, Apprenticeships and Higher Education.
There are dozens of projects ongoing in the county, bolstered by £23 million worth of government funding, with one resident highlighting the positive impact that a community organisation called Active, Thrive, Flourish had in helping he family through a tough period.
Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Community, Equality, Partnership and Performance, Cllr Louise McKinlay, said:
“Over the last year, we have seized the levelling up agenda with both hands – not just responding to national initiatives, but actively creating additional opportunities for residents across Essex, giving them the support they need to make lasting improvements to their lives.
“We are committed to driving forward our Levelling Up campaign, as set out in the Everyone’s Essex strategy, and making it work for every county resident.”
Councillor Kevin Bentley, Leader of Essex County Council, added:
“I am incredibly proud of all that we have achieved over the first year of our journey to level up Essex. There is much more to do and the next year will see the introduction of many more initiatives targeted at key places and people.”