Government intervention into Thurrock Council


On Friday 2 September 2022, the government appointed Essex County Council into the roles of ‘Commissioner’ and ‘Best Value Inspector’ to support us with the financial challenges we face. This intervention is in response to concerns about levels of financial risk and debt.

For details about the intervention published by government, go to Government: Intervention at Thurrock Council

For details about the intervention published by Essex County Council, go to Essex County Council: Thurrock Council Commission and Best Value Inspection.

Tuesday 24 January 2023 Intervention update

On Tuesday 24 January 2023, the Government issued a ministerial statement, with additional proposed directions for Thurrock Council in response to the Commissioners’ first report and interim Best Value inspection findings submitted before Christmas.

DLUHC has given the council and residents a ten-day period to make representations and express their views before a final decision is made. They are inviting representations on the Commissioner’s first report, the Best Value Inspection update letter, and the Secretary of State’s proposals. The documents can be found here: Government: Intervention at Thurrock Council

All representations should be sent by email to for the attention of Max Soule, Deputy Director, Local Government Stewardship, to be received on or before 7 February 2023. They will then be carefully considered by the Secretary of State in deciding whether to make the proposed new Directions and may be referenced or published alongside their final decision.

Representations can also be made in writing to Max Soule, Deputy Director, Local Government Stewardship, Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities, Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.

Best Value Inspection

As Best Value Inspector, Essex County Council is also undertaking a Best Value Inspection. This considers whether, in carrying out specific functions, we have effective arrangements in place for getting Best Value in our governance, audit (internal and external), risk management, overview and scrutiny functions, and how these affect the provision of services.

The inspection began on 10 October 2022. The Best Value Inspection team is due to report its findings to the Secretary of State by 17 February 2023, having agreed an extension to the original planned date of 3 January 2023.

Contact the Best Value Inspection team

The Best Value Inspection team is:

  • Tony McArdle, Inspection Lead
  • Margaret Lee, Finance
  • Pam Parkes, Organisation culture
  • Paul Turner, Governance

You can contact the team at

More information

We will make sure our residents, businesses and community partners are kept fully informed of progress and any changes that may affect services.

For more information, go to: