Cheshire East Council
Cheshire East is a wealthy borough, receiving no government Revenue Support Grant and providing more than 500 local public services to over 378,000 residents.
We have a clear vision which is set out in our Corporate Plan and our strategies for people and place services. The Council has published a draft Environmental Strategy and is committed to being carbon neutral by 2025.
60% of the Council’s net budget is spent on providing support for people-based services, such as social care, but the significant housing growth in the area also brings additional challenges for our other key services such as increased waste collection and disposal and highway maintenance.
We take a prudent approach to maintaining appropriate levels of financial reserves. Where something has been identified as a specific risk or investment opportunity, then an amount will be earmarked for that purpose.
We take a ‘best fit’ approach to delivering our services, including in-house, wholly owned companies, commissioning from the private sector and public-public partnerships.
As a unitary council, we provide a wide range of services, including: planning and development control, highways, adult social care, education, children’s social care and family support, economic development, environmental and consumer protection, libraries, public health, waste and recycling.
Among these services are several that are recognised nationally as leading the way for quality, performance and innovation including areas as diverse as libraries, support for care leavers, strategic infrastructure, registration service, consumer protection, waste and recycling. We have one of the busiest planning departments in the country and our borough has seen one of the highest take ups of neighbourhood plans. After its creation ten years ago, the council operated on an established leader and cabinet model. Following the elections in May 2019, the council is investigating moving to a committee system which will be implemented from May 2020. We have a strong leadership team who are committed to public service and who take decisions for the long term benefit of their communities.
We employ around 3,500 staff and they are our most important asset. Following an LGA review in 2017, the Council set out a clear vision for the workplace culture, a set of values and behaviours and an employee deal that have been agreed by staff and members across the organisation. Our journey continues to ensure that Cheshire East Council is a great place to work, where staff are well led, feel valued, have a shared purpose and succeed together.