Annual Place Based Report 2019/20

Introduction

These pages provide information from our Annual Place Based Report for the financial year 2019/20. The purpose of the report is to let you know about our overall performance and key achievements made over the last year. The report also sets out our priorities for the coming year. 

The first version of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Annual Place Based Report 2019/20 was published in June 2020. For a copy of the full report, please email [email protected].

A summary document can be provided in formats such as Braille, audio-tape or in large print. Translations of the document in alternative languages are also available upon request.

Introduction from Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Gilbert, and Chief Executive, Alison Griffin

We are as ambitious, creative and diverse as the community we serve. We have a clear, collective vision for the future of our borough. We have a strong sense of purpose as well. This helps us push on and make progress against our Southend 2050 goals.

The Southend 2050 ambition was published in 2018/19. It sets out how we plan to transform and work with others to improve Southend-on-Sea and make our residents’ lives better. We are well on our way to achieving this.

We have remained strong despite recent challenging times. We have lost 64% of our funding from government. This has been while dealing with the political and economic uncertainty of Brexit and the more recent global pandemic of Covid-19. Much of our focus recently has been responding to the pandemic and building an investment focussed approach to recovery.

However, it is also important to reflect on the work we have done. This report shows the progress we have made during 2019/20. It also highlights our priorities for the coming year. It is more important than ever that at the heart of our work we remain collaborative, inclusive, honest and proud.

Last year we saw successes in over 400 plus of our services with a variety and complexity unlike any other organisation locally. Not every resident will use every service, but the work of the council is vital to the wellbeing and way of life of residents across the borough.

Our achievements

Please watch our video of key achievements during the financial year 2019/20.

We recognise that our services need to evolve in order to continue to be effective and efficient. With that in mind, we have been investing in transforming and re-designing them. This has been in collaboration with local organisations and residents. As well as achieving the Real Living Wage accreditation to benefit local people.

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