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Essex County Council sets priorities for year

9 February 10 15:23 GMT

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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