COUNCIL leader responded to the Chancellor George Osbornes’ Comprehensive Spending Review by describing it as like a “hammer blow” to the residents of Thurrock.
Cllr John Kent told the full council that they had prepared for cuts in the region of 23% at worst but now had to accept that “the cuts would now be in the region of 30%.”
“With police cuts of 4% and fire in the region of 25%. With the bridge tolls rising 66%. With half a million jobs set to be shed in the public sector and the cuts to the benefits, these are all sickening hammer blows to the borough.”