UKIP Thurrock has launched a policy document on how to repair the Homeless Department within Thurrock Council. On Wednesday, UKIP Thurrock Shadow Housing Portfolio Holder, Cllr Luke Spillman met with Roger Harris, Corporate Director of Adults, Housing and Health as well as Dermot Moloney, Strategic Housing Lead, to discuss the proposals.
UKIP Thurrock Shadow Housing Portfolio Holder, Cllr Luke Spillman said: "We can no longer tolerate a department running at a level of output that would not be remotely acceptable in any commercial or charitable organisation.
"Taxpayers are clearly not getting value for money and the experience of residents approaching the department is, at times, unacceptable. It is open knowledge across other council departments and partner agencies that this department could be better.
"Demands on the service are significant but should not excuse the inefficiency and very low output in this department.
"We are proposing reasonable and easily implementable reforms that would help to improve the department and make it work for both the council officers and the residents they serve."
UKIP Thurrock Group Leader, Cllr Graham Snell said: "Councillor Spillman has undertaken a terrific piece of work that, if adopted by Thurrock Council, will go a long way to improve the lot of residents facing homelessness. This is a great example of UKIP Thurrock identifying issues of concern within the borough and coming up with practical ways to tackle them."
Over the next few days, YT will be publishing extracts from the document and looking at the points cllr Spillman is making.