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Essex County Council sets priorities for year

Council leaders in Essex have pledged to prioritise their spending next year on roads, schools and social care.

Essex County Council said it would be raising a total of £2.4bn in its budget for the year beginning in April.

The council said it had limited the council tax rise for the next year to 1.9%.

Council chiefs said the new initiatives would continue, despite carrying out a £300m cost-cutting programme over the next three years.

The council said it also wanted to encourage broadband use and set up new apprenticeships, allotments and orchards.



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