Thurrock Council finance boss looks to a future of “not a penny from the government”

Shane Hebb

THE councillor in charge of the borough’s purse strings has announced that the council is “living within it’s means” as he made his annual financial report.

Cllr Hebb said: “We had inherited a narrative that the borough had gone as far as it could. That was wrong, wrong, wrong.

“We have exceeded on a great deal number of expectations. Reserves will be increased over the next three years to 9.2 million from 8 million.

“We decided to spend more to reverse a previous legacy of decline on our clean and greener services. We spent it (money) and we delivered and the net result we delivered a half million pound surplus.

“We instigated a cross party spending review…we move on to self-sufficiency ambitions in 2017-18. Fewer buildings better services…never has that ethic been more vindicated.

Another million will be going into “Clean it cut it fill it” That is what happens when you are good and proud of the pennies.

“I and my officers deep-dived into the concept of what it would be like for this council to be truly self-sufficient, that is to say, future-proofed from government income-reductions, that is to say, not to be dependent on a penny from the national government.

You can catch the full speech from the 56th minute onwards.

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