COUNCILLOR James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, recently presented his annual report to Full Council sharing some of the key achievements of the services.
The key highlights included how there are now more good GP’s in Thurrock than ever before and investments in mental health will further support residents as referrals from children and adults continue to increase. In education, 95% of primary school children received their first or second choice of school place this year and record investments are being made in new school buildings.
Cllr Halden said, “We have schools bucking the national trend and NHS partners including Thurrock CCG and Basildon Hospital who are more innovative than anyone around. Our services continue to be nominated for awards, including Council of the Year 2019, and it’s thanks to the amazing work of our teachers, GP’s, NHS staff, parents, governors and officers.
“These results have been achieved whilst balancing the council’s budget and with no further increases to council tax.
“The Portfolio Holder also recognised the key challenges that face these services, adding: “Of course, there are challenges. Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Service is not where we want it to be and our building programme for new schools and medical centers needs to be accelerated. But, the scale of these challenges is so exciting when you think of the opportunities for our borough.”
The report was presented at Full Council on Wednesday 19 June and can be viewed here.