Thurrock Council has approved a balanced budget that will see a ring-fenced spending boost for children's and adult social care in the coming year.
The 2022/23 budget includes a 2%-under-inflation council tax increase – a 1.99% increase in council tax that will be ringfenced on children’s social care, and a 1% increase in the adult social care precept to be spent on looking after vulnerable adults.
The increase for an average Band D property comes to less each week than the price of a 2-pint bottle of milk or a first class stamp.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: "For the second year in a row we are able to deliver a balanced budget despite the extra pressures social care has faced as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.
"This budget will allow us to provide for the care and well-being of the most vulnerable children and adults in the borough with the entire increase ring-fenced for social care.
"Thurrock Council has the lowest council tax bill in Essex and is among the lowest of all unitary authorities nationwide. However, for those who need help, there is help available for those who want to pay but find they are struggling to do so, through the Local Council Tax Support scheme, which we increased by £0.7million last year and are maintaining the scheme fund this year at £8.5million to support those who need financial help with their Council Tax."
Residents can check whether their eligibility for the Local Council Tax Support scheme at thurrock.gov.uk/council-tax-support