Thurrock’s Conservative council say budget balanced

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Conservative run Thurrock Council claims to have set a balanced budget for the next two-and-a-half years, an in-year surplus of £2.3m in 2017/18, and say they are increasing its general reserve by 38 per cent; without taking a nearly three per cent general tax increase.

They say have been no top-down cuts to services.

The grant-funding deficit has been closed through a Council Spending Review – a bottom-up look at the way services are run and funded; ensuring market parity in what the council charges; and an investment strategy which secures a sound rate of return.

The Conservatives also say they are driving a house building delivery vehicle, which will build homes on brownfield sites, and provide an income to the council’s treasury.

Cllr Shane Hebb, Thurrock’s Cabinet Member for Finance said: “For context, neighbouring Basildon Council approved a 2017/18 budget for Borough Council services of £25.5m.

Conservative Thurrock is now spending over half of Basildon’s entire yearly revenue budget on cleaning the borough, cutting the grass, and filling potholes.”

The council also say £2.3m will be spent on front-line services.


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