Thurrock’s Voluntary Groups:”Less Meetings More Results”

A SENIOR Thurrock councillor has thrown down the gauntlet to Thurrock’s voluntary groups to produce “less meetings and more outcomes”.

At a meeting of Thurrock Council’s Cabinet last night (Wednesday) Deputy Leader, Amanda Arnold backed an internal review of the funding for all voluntary groups that is set to be published in July this year.

Cllr Arnold said: “What we want to see is not just meetings and reports but outcomes for our residents. We need to see exactly what the taxpayer is getting for their money.”

Councillors have become frustrated that organisations such as Thurrock Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) have a website where the Events page has sat idle/under construction for over two years.

It is understood that Cllr Arnold is overseeing the funding for the voluntary groups from an increasingly side-lined Portfolio Holder Joy Redsell. With the success of her own Portfolio for Adult Social Care being lauded across the country based on shrewd financial stewardship, it seems clear that the councillor is preparing for a headlong clash with the third sector over the coming year.

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