Government intervention into Thurrock Council


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

Role of Essex County Council

Essex County Council has been appointed to the roles of 'Commissioner' and 'Best Value Inspector'. This gives them full control of the financial functions of Thurrock Council and powers to assess what action may be needed to limit risks to services.

Over the next 3 months, we will work with Essex County Council to create an improvement plan. Additionally, within that period a Best Value Inspection report will be provided to the government's Secretary of State by Essex County Council in its role as commissioner.

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

Thurrock Council is treating this situation extremely seriously and has been working with the Government, as well as independent financial and legal experts, to fully understand how the situation has arisen and establish a comprehensive resolution plan to safeguard the council's financial position.

We are grateful to the Government for the support they have given us and welcome the action to instigate intervention and provide additional assistance. We will co-operate fully with the appointed Commissioners to work to protect the interests and services of the people of Thurrock.

Best Value Inspection

Essex County Council, in its role as Best Value Inspector, is undertaking a Best Value Inspection of Thurrock Council.

The inspection began on Monday 10 October 2022 and is due to report the findings to the Secretary of State by Tuesday 3 January 2023.

The Inspection Team was directed by the Secretary of State to consider whether Thurrock Council, in carrying out specific functions, has effective arrangements in place for getting Best Value in its governance, audit (internal and external), risk management, overview and scrutiny functions, and how they affect the provision of services.

The Inspection Team is:

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

You can contact the Inspection Team at

Leader of the Council

Cllr Rob Gledhill resigned as Leader of Thurrock Council on Friday 2 September 2022.

In response to the government's intervention, Cllr Gledhill said: "Whilst I welcome this news and the support from Her Majesty's Government it has become clear over the past few months that the situation regarding council investments, and subsequently its finances, has not been as reported.

"As Leader of the Council the political buck stops with me and as such it would only be right, and expected, that I resign as Leader of the Council. However, I will be remaining as an elected member to support the new Leader and the Commissioner as required."

Deputy Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Mark Coxshall, will take over the duties of Leader of the Council until permanent arrangements are confirmed.

Services to residents

The government has taken this step to ensure delivery of essential services.

In the short term, changes announced on Friday 2 September affect our leadership and financial management rather than services to residents.

Services will continue to be provided while we work with Essex County Council on improvements that need to be made.

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

More information

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