THURROCK Council has achieved nearly two thirds of its performance targets and maintained or improved more than half of its targets from last year despite the extra pressures and difficulties created by coronavirus.
The end of year performance report presented at Cabinet this evening, Wednesday 9 June, showed that 63% of all key performance indicators achieved their targets and 52% were better than or the same as in 2019/20.
Indicators highlighted in the report include:
Distributing more than £35 million in government grants and local assistance to businesses to help them cope with the pressures caused by the pandemic
Achieving an improved Keep Britain Tidy score by keeping streets litter free
Filling over 4,000 potholes throughout the year
5 % increase in the number of pupils to get a place in their first choice of school from last year
Mobilising council and community partners to set up Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA) in just 9 days
Cllr Jack Duffin, Cabinet Member for Central Services, said: “It has been a difficult year for everyone, but our dedicated council officer team has worked hard to adapt to rise to the challenges of the pandemic.
“Many indicators have been impacted by coronavirus, with an improvement in key performance indicators being displayed when national restrictions eased but again being impacted when restriction came back into place.
“Our staff has shown great dedication and flexibility to overcoming obstacles and have worked tirelessly towards targets set based on “normal” circumstances, even where COVID has prevented normal performance levels from being achieved.
“Thurrock will continue on its ‘route to green’ and keep setting ambitious goals to ensure we deliver the best possible services to our residents.”