FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE the 1970’s Thurrock and the rest of the country has succumbed to a double-dip recession.
An area in which Thurrock is heavily dependent saw a slump. First quarter construction output was down by 3%, the biggest drop since the first quarter of 2009, and compared with a drop of 0.2% in the last quarter of 2011.
Prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC), Polly Billington said: “In the last few weeks up to 60 people employed by Thermalite were told they could lose their jobs in West Thurrock as the factory closes.
Those people and their families are directly feeling the consequences of the government’s decisions.
“Today it’s been confirmed that the Tory-led government has plunged the country back into recession. They have no plan for jobs or for growth so life is going to get even tougher for families here in Thurrock.
For the last two years the Government have ignored every warning from every quarter about the risks of cutting too far and too fast. They are failing to get the economy moving, failing to cut the deficit and failing the people of Thurrock.
“The longer this out of touch and incompetent Government sticks with these failed policies, the more damage will be done.”
Baroness Smith of Basildon also condemned the Tories.
The Baroness said: “We were saying on the doorstep two years ago: “Don’t risk the recession” We were saying it yesterday as we see people suffering because of the economic policies of the chancellor.
“He set about cutting too fast, too deeply and the double-dip recession is the result.
“The consequence of these national policies is that local government, such as Thurrock Council will face great difficulty in providing services for its residents.