COUNCILLOR John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council’s Labour Group commenting after the publication of Thurrock Conservative’s budget plans said;
“Thurrock Conservatives are caught in a Double Whammy.
“It is clear that government promises to fully fund the costs of responding to the COVID crisis haven’t been honoured and the controversial Tory investment strategy isn’t delivering the returns they promised.
“As a result Thurrock Council is facing a funding black hole of over £40 million – and it looks like it will be council workers and residents that will pay the price as they look to jack up Council Tax by 5% and cut services like weekly bin collections, while axing jobs and cutting the pay and conditions of front line workers.
“An average increase in Council Tax of over a hundred pounds will come as a bombshell for many Thurrock folk who are suffering real financial hardship as a result of the pandemic and, while the details of the Tory budget are sketchy, Thurrock Labour will not support proposals that damage services, penalise front line workers and ask Thurrock residents to pay the price of Tory failures.”