THE BITTER WAR of words over the council budget as the Thurrock Tories lambast Labour over their management of the Morrison contract.
The Tories, who signed the contract in 2009 believe that it is the lack of management of the contract from May 2010 that is at the heart of the problem.
Conservative spokesman for Finance and Corporate Governance Cllr Rob Gledhill said “It is clear that Labour have failed to get to grips with the housing repair contract from the moment that they took office.
“The crucial computer connection between the Council and Morrisons was supposed be up and running within 6 months, but it still isn’t working properly.
“Labour’s own cabinet papers show that it took 18 months before they even had an action plan to start fixing the problems, by which time the service was in chaos. This complete failure of political leadership from the top, has led to a £2 million plus overspend paid for by cuts in planned repairs and an inflation busting rent increase.
“Do our residents deserve such a poor performing and lousy run service? I don’t think so but Labour clearly do!”
Conservative leader Cllr Phil Anderson added “Labour neglected the housing repairs service until it hit crisis point. Even now they are refusing to accept responsibility, instead blaming the Contract, the Computers, the Conservatives – anyone but themselves. Their approach has been like driving with your eyes closed then blaming the car manufacturer when you crash. How can they expect people to trust them to run an entire council when they can’t even manage one contract?”