Monday, April 15, 2024

Leader Calls For “Unity” Over “Unique” Budget

THURROCK Council Leader John Kent called for a united effort to combat the financial stresses facing the authority at Wednesday’s meeting of the full council (16 June).

Cllr Kent presented a report on the council’s finances as the portfolio holder, and described the situation as “unique”.

He said: “I call on Cllr Hague to join with me in a constructive discourse; I call on all members of this chamber to take part in the discussions to come; I call on the council’s staff, at every level, to put forward ideas; and I call on the great people of Thurrock to sign up to help us through these difficult times.”

Thurrock Council’s financial position had been reported to its cabinet last week and a copy of that report was also presented to members at Wednesday’s meeting.

His report stated: “Medium term financial forecast suggested that we would need to make savings of about £30m over the next three years with some £15m falling in 2011/12. I have little doubt that these forecasts will be wrong in detail but not in overall scale.”

But Cllr Kent added that he saw this as “an opportunity for us to re-engage with the public, to redesign the services we provide and most importantly, an opportunity to encourage the development of communities which are more sustainable … more reliant on each other rather than the council and the state.”

He said: “I have asked cabinet members and directors to come up with further proposals to achieve £3 million to £4 million savings in the current year.

“At the same time I have asked them to identify changes we are likely to have to make for 2011/12 so we can start implementation as soon as possible, remember, many of these things take time.

“By no later than October the council needs to have a very good idea of its likely resources for the years ahead and we should also identify key changes for 2011/12.”

Cllr Kent concluded: “There is no doubt that if we are to come through this stronger and better able to move ahead, it will need a new form of leadership and politics, it will need creativity, determination and resilience; a new relationship with the public we serve; and most of all it requires openness, fairness and integrity in addition to our combined skills of leadership and persuasion.”


  1. Nightmare for all.
    Even improving Council Tax collection, which is poor will do little now to cover rampant new cuts.
    More to come on 22nd June 2010? Job Losses could finish off Unitary Thurrock. Back to Essex….?


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