Tories face difficult six months over budget cuts partly due to "£5 million Labour overspend".

IT look like it may be a challenging six months for the councillor at Thurrock Council in charge of the borough’s finances.

You agree with the government over making massive cuts to local government but that is difficult enough in leafy Uttlesford or East Herts. It is a completely different kettle of fish in Thurrock.

And judging by the message delivered by cllr Shane Hebb last week at cabinet, they are going to need a lot of help selling their budget to the people of Thurrock.

Especially with 17 UKIP councillors breathing down their necks as well as the scrutiny of former council leader John Kent.

One of the key parts of the council’s strategy is the Council Spending Review, which cllr Hebb describes at the sixteen minute mark of the film.

Cllr Hebb re-stresses the need to put more money in reserves "whilst the sun is shining".

Cllr Sue Little backed cllr Hebb by saying" I don’t like the word cut. We are doing things differently."

Cllr Hebb also told the cabinet that they had inherited an "overspend by the previous Labour administration of over £5 million".

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