LAST NIGHT (Wednesday 23rd February), the Thurrock Conservatives ring fenced £2.1m of investment into adults and children social care. At the same time, the Thurrock Labour Party were doing everything within their power to stop this additional funding for these vulnerable people claim Thurrock Conservatives.
Thurrock Council Leader, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: “Still the other parties in Thurrock haven’t learned that the politics of Just Saying “No” isn’t good enough. That is why 10 of their members have come across to the only party in Thurrock with plans. Leaving aside the fact that 80% of the borough will see their council tax decrease with the £150 reduction from HM government, for all those parties to put votes before the vulnerable just shows them for what they are.”
Cabinet Menber for Childrens Services, Cllr Barry Johnson said: “These services are services that are provided to either ourselves, or our families, or people we care deeply about. They are for the most vulnerable in Thurrock. The extra funding means the childrens social care budget will increase by 3%, so we can ensure the best care is available to prevent some of the very tragic headlines about when social care goes wrong in other councils, happening here.”
Deputy Council Leader & Portfolio Holder for Finance, Cllr Shane Hebb said: “The Covid pandemic had led to extraordinary pressure in the social care sector. The tax increase is 2% under inflation, but for those who are struggling; last month Thurrock Conservatives passed another 8.5m worth of Local Council Tax Support to support those very households.