Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Vulnerable residents abandoned by Housing Office changes claim Tories

THURROCK Conservatives fear that vulnerable residents have been abandoned by the council’s changes to the borough’s housing offices.

The Labour-run council has already shut two area offices, at Corringham and Purfleet. Having originally promised that face-to-face support would be provided in local libraries, the Thurrock Conservatives claimed it has emerged at the Housing committee meeting that support will be limited to leaflets, plus a half day each month of drop-in surgeries.

Conservative spokesman for communities Cllr Phil Anderson commented “I am shocked and angered that the Labour council has gone back on its commitment to local residents. It is clearly inadequate to provide just one half day each month of face-to-face housing support in Stanford and Corringham. Leaflets and internet services are a nice idea, but risk leaving some of our most vulnerable residents frozen out of the system.

“We all recognise the housing service isn’t working and needs to change. We have always said that we support making those changes, but it is reckless and premature to take away a service that people depend upon without even testing the new system to prove that it will work.”


  1. Perhaps Mr Anderson could have a word with his Government to not cut quite so much from Thurrock councils budget then we could keep housing offices open.


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