Consultations In Essex

Public participation is very important to the development of Essex County Council's services, projects and policies.

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  • Questionnaire for providers

    As part of our Market Shaping Strategy, Essex County Council are pleased to announce the launch of our Market Shaping Engagement, which will run from 21st March 2022 to 21st June 2022. To deliver a Market Shaping Strategy, the local authority will need to collaborate closely with... More

    Closes today

  • Moving forward together workshop feedback

    Your feedback is critical for the Domestic Abuse Commissioning Programme to ensure we meet the objectives of the three-year domestic abuse strategy and the needs of victims and survivors of domestic abuse. We would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to share your opinions with us so... More

    Closes today

  • Essex's Favourite Nursery Rhyme

    A survey to find out what Essex's favourite nursery rhyme is. More

    Closes today

  • Essex EPS Maths Intervention Research Project 2022-2023

    This is a form for you to register your interest in the EPSMI research project. We will contact you via email on Wednesday 6 July 2022 to inform you of the next steps regarding the research. If you are successful then you will be assigned to either Group 1 or Group 2. At this stage... More

    Closes 1 July 2022

  • ACL Harlow Relocation Travel Survey

    This survey is to gather information on how employees are likely to and would like to travel to work, with the change in location of ACL Harlow. More

    Closes 1 July 2022

Closed consultations

  • ASC Employee Survey on Children and Young People Neglect

    Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) Business Plan priorities for 2022 focus for the Multi-Agency Thematic Audit (MATA) is Working with Neglect in Essex. The Multi-Agency approach to working with Neglect is currently underpinned by the ESCB Neglect “Multi-Agency Practice Guidance”... More

    Closed 22 June 2022

  • Dementia Strategy 2022-2026: stage two consultation EASY READ

    Closed 17 June 2022

  • Dementia Strategy 2022-2026: Stage two consultation

    The Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) Dementia Strategy lifecycle ended in 2021 and due to Covid-19 an update was delayed, although partnership activities continued during this period as did evidence gathering to understand the impact of the previous strategy. Essex County... More

    Closed 17 June 2022

  • CICC Activity Day Zoo

    Activity Day for 8 - 12 year old at Colchester Zoo 8th april 2022 9:30am - 3pm this event is for young people in care Please be aware their are only 30 spaces More

    Closed 15 June 2022

  • Proposal to expand Great Bentley Primary School from September 2024

    Working in partnership with the senior leadership team of Great Bentley Primary School, Essex County Council is exploring the possibility of expanding the school (on a phased basis) to 420 places from September 2024, so that it may admit cohorts of 60 children into its Reception Year going... More

    Closed 10 June 2022

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

Essex County Council recognises the importance of supporting unpaid carers in Essex and our aim is that “We will help those carers of all ages whose caring duties are impacting most on their wellbeing by achieving a step change in the advice, guidance and support we provide to support wellbeing and independence, and by targeting it at those who need it most” [Everyone’s Essex, 2021-25].

To ensure ECC can meet this objective, research and engagement has been carried out with carers in Essex and those who support them, to understand their lived experiences and gather their views. Six commitments to carers were then co-produced, and ECC ran a consultation to seek views and feedback on these.

The consultation ran from 14th February to 13th March 2022, and was promoted via the ECC website, social media, and direct with a number of carers organisations and community groups. A number of events were also held virtually and in-person which provided opportunity to promote the consultation.

You said

The consultation received a total of 90 responses. This included 2 paper copies and 5 Easy Read responses.

Level of agreement with each of the commitments was high:

1) Carers can easily access information and support when they need it and early into their caring role

At least 93% agreed or strongly agreed with the aims under this commitment.

2) Develop professional practice and processes to improve identification of and support to carers

At least 93% agreed or strongly agreed with the aims under this commitment.

3) Improve transitions for carers as they move through specific phases or events in their caring role

At least 91% agreed or strongly agreed with the aims under this commitment.

4) Carers will have increased opportunity to access good quality support, including short breaks

At least 89% agreed or strongly agreed with the aims under this commitment.

5) Carers’ needs and rights will be understood and recognised across Essex communities

At least 89% agreed or strongly agreed with the aims under this commitment.

6) Carers will be the experts that influence and be involved in the decisions that are intended to improve support & wellbeing

At least 91% agreed or strongly agreed with the aims under this commitment.

Free text comments indicate that while there is strong support for the proposed aims, carers would like more detail as to how they will be achieved and would like to see tangible action taken. Many commented that support is difficult to find and access, with some currently experiencing a lack of support, and there appears to be some level of scepticism around how positive changes will be made.

We did

All feedback and comments received through the consultation process have been reviewed and analysed, and will be used to inform the final Essex Carers All-Age Strategy 2022-26, due to be launched in April 2022.

For more detail, please download a copy of the consultation report.

We asked

Essex County Council carried out a consultation from November 2021-January 2022, seeking views from Essex residents, library service users and organisations about the new draft plan for the future of library services.

The plan set out high-level aims for the service and areas of focus for the next four years:

  • Library Service and Literacy
  • Infrastructure and Communications
  • Supporting communities and Levelling Up

People were asked to indicate their level of agreement or disagreement with the sub-areas of each aim. They were also given the opportunity to provide comments on each of the three high-level aims.

You said

2,213 responses were received to the consultation - 2,185 from individuals and 28 responses from organisations. The analysis showed good support for the proposals in the Plan, with many showing strong agreement.

Agreement with aim one: Library Service and Literacy

  • There was at least 90% agreement from individual respondents with the aims to support children to be school-ready and develop their reading skills, keep stock and resources up to date, help adults improve their literacy, ensure staff have the right skills, and provide books and resources in formats that meet changing need.
  • Support to deliver a new and exciting programme of events and activities and to get more residents involved in shaping the service is also high at over 80%
  • The aims to explore new opportunities to generate additional income, and new roles and opportunities for volunteers received around 70% agreement

Agreement with aim two: Communications and Infrastructure

  • Developing the mobile library offer to support service outreach and community engagement and improving communications to help engage with existing users and new audiences were the best supported aims by individual respondents with at least 83% agreement.
  • Improvements to buildings, including reducing our carbon footprint, and improving engagement with the staff gained 75% agreement and had strong support.
  • Aims with agreement of 60% and above were: Roll out better mobile technology for staff and volunteers; Update printing services on offer to customers; Launch a new online library platform.

Agreement with aim three: Supporting Communities and Levelling Up

  • At least 85% of individual respondents agreed with the aims to help reduce digital exclusion and improve digital skills, connect residents with other services, expand outreach services, and provide employability support. 80% agreed with supporting residents with their health and wellbeing.
  • The proposal to explore options for providing chargeable activities alongside the existing free activities had 50% agreement. A significant proportion (31%) neither agreed nor disagreed with this aim

We did

All feedback and comments received in response to the consultation have been reviewed and analysed by an independent organisation, and are now being used to inform an updated plan for library services.

  • The insight and analysis from the consultation tell us where individuals feel most passionately about the ambitions and proposals. This has helped us to prioritise the ambitions for the library service. We propose some changes to emphasise and clarify what the public have told us is important to them. 
  • The public have reiterated how important hard copy book stock is for them – an ambition we have always supported. We will make it clearer in the Plan that our ambition to keep our stock up to date and appealing includes hard copy as much as electronic resources.
  • Outreach, communications and involvement of our communities in shaping the service will be given more prominence in our plan and we will specifically look at how we can localise communications and adverts of library events.
  • Our skilled paid workforce are as important to the public as they are to us and we will reflect this more clearly. Volunteers support the work of the service allowing us to do more, as they work alongside our paid for staff. The Plan will emphasise the important link between the two.
  • We will give more context as to why charging is required for some new activities and assurance how they could run alongside and complement free activities. Hosting these activities could enable us to provide an enhanced offer, service or experience to appeal to our existing customers, new users and to raise awareness of libraries as a potential partner and venue for other organisations. We are keen to drive up use of library buildings and increase footfall, which we hope will encourage greater use of library facilities.

The final plan is expected to be published in April 2022.

For more information and a full breakdown of consultation responses, please view reports below.

Full report

Summary report

Scrutiny Committee meeting papers related to this consultation are available here.

UPDATE 20th April 2022 

The final version of the new plan for libraries has now been launched and is available below:

We asked

During November-December 2021 Essex County Council ran engagement surveys for both adult carers (18+) and young carers (aged 8-18) within Essex.

The survey asked about experiences of caring for someone and what things carers feel are important to support them. Focus groups were also carried out with carers in a number of locations across Essex.

You said

388 responses were received for the adult’s survey, and 72 for the young carers survey.

To see key findings from survey responses, please see our report.

There is also a report highlighting key themes from the focus groups.

We did

All of the insight shared will be used to inform the development of a new all-age carers strategy for Essex which will be consulted on in early 2022.