Labour welcome Tory U-Turn on Grass Tax
COUNCILLOR Oliver Gerrish, Leader of Thurrock Labour Group, has welcomed the news that the Tory-run Thurrock Council has been “forced” to make a U-turn on the so-called ‘Grass Tax’.
At Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Councillor Rob Gledhill acknowledged the “damning verdict” from the cross-party Housing Committee which recommended the tax be scrapped. He admitted that he would be binning the charge at the subsequent Cabinet meeting when it will be considered in detail.
Cllr Gerrish said, “This outcome is a massive victory, and a huge tribute to the very strong campaign put in by hundreds of Thurrock residents. Nobody other than the Tory administration thought this was a good idea and I’m delighted that they have now been forced into a humiliating U-turn.
“I hope the message goes out loud and clear that Thurrock residents will not stand for this. This attack on Thurrock tenants should never have been brought forward in the first place. I’m proud that the Labour Group have been fighting it for over a year since it was first discussed, and very pleased that it has finally been scrapped.”