More money for social care, the environment and tackling anti-social behaviour

16 January 2020

Thurrock Council's Cabinet has recommended a modest increase in next year's council tax with the additional funding to be used to tackle anti-social behaviour, improve the borough's environment and fund social care.

The medium-term financial strategy update presented at this week's Cabinet meeting proposes for 2020/21:

  • a 1.49% increase in the general council tax
  • a 2% adult social care precept.

The proposal will now be considered at Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 23 January before returning to Cabinet ahead of the budget being set at Full Council on 26 February 2020.

Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance, said: "Every penny of this increase will be spent on tackling anti-social behaviour, continuing to improve the borough’s environment and making sure that our vulnerable residents receive all the care they need. We know these are the issues which are important to residents and that is why we will ensure that all of the additional funding we receive goes to creating further improvements in these areas.

"Thanks to our innovative financial, commercial and investment strategies Thurrock has a balanced budget and our council tax remains one of the lowest of all unitary authorities in the country while we make sure that frontline services are being given the right resources to achieve continued improvement."