Buried deep within the 268 page cabinet papers relating to Wednesday nights meeting, there is a reference to the council’s partners Serco and an overspend.
It states: “Cabinet will note that the only overspend within 2013/14 refers to Serco.
“The Council agreed a target saving of £1m in 2012/13 and, for the second year in a row, a lack of acceptable savings has been brought forward for officers to be able to agree.
This follows a history of non-achievement of savings with the Council’s Strategic Partner (Serco’s predecessor, Vertex) in 2010/11”.
Both council leader John Kent and housing portfolio holder, Lynn Worrall asked the chief executive of Thurrock Council, Graham Farrant that perhaps he would write a letter to Serco. Mr Farrant told the cabinet that he would certainly do so.