Cllr Halden, portfolio holder for education and health, presented his annual report to Council last Wednesday (19 June), sharing some achievements of the services.
Key highlights included:
- there are now more good GPs in Thurrock than ever before
- investments in mental health will further support residents as referrals from children and adults continue to increase
- 95% of primary school children received their first or second choice of school place this year
- record investments are being made in new school buildings
Cllr Halden said, "We have schools bucking the national trend and NHS partners including Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (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, GPs, 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 centres needs to be accelerated. But, the scale of these challenges is so exciting when you think of the opportunities for our borough."
The full report can be downloaded at: Agenda for Council on Wednesday 19 June 2019.