Let’s Talk campaign “A great success”

THURROCK Council’s “Let’s Talk” campaign has been hailed a great success after more than 5,000 local residents involved themselves in the budget process consultation.

Council Leader John Kent announced to the cabinet last night that over 167 suggestions for efficiency savings were made over the two month period.

The process has been so successful that other councils such as Brentwood are looking into using the software for the same purposes.

Council officers explained that the system had mechanisms in place to identify “repeat suggestions” including 1,000 votes made from same computer.

The council will now go on to blend some of the proposals into the budget savings that will be required over the next year and beyond.

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