COVID-19 testing for everyone who cannot work from home

11 January 2021
Thurrock Council is urging all those who are still attending a workplace to get a free COVID-19 test as soon as possible, even if they do not have any symptoms.
From Tuesday 12 January testing kits will be available to pick up at East Tilbury library, Chadwell library and Belhus library. Testing for those without symptoms will also be available at drive through test sites in Corringham, Tilbury and Grays.

Thurrock businesses receive more than £940k in just two days

6 January 2021
Thurrock Council has helped local businesses impacted by restrictions access more than £940k of support since the government announced the latest support package yesterday (Tuesday 5 January), bringing the overall total amount to £25.5millon since the start of the pandemic.
So far 131 local businesses who have registered their details for business support grants have received their payments. The first 100 were paid on Tuesday 5 January and a further 31 on Wednesday 6 January.

Draft budget published for financial year 2021/22

6 January 2021
Thurrock Council has published its draft budget for 2021/22, showing a balanced budget for the forthcoming year despite the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The budget position is possible due to government grant support and resilience in council finances, notably the enlarged reserves position built from the council’s investment approach.
In line with the government's Spending Review 2020, Thurrock Council's Cabinet will hear recommendations for a 3% Adult Social Care precept increase, and a 1.99% council tax increase.

New national lockdown announced for England

4 January 2021
A new 'stay at home' national lockdown has been announced by the government.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "Tonight's announcement means that everyone must stay at home, which means only leaving your house or being outside of your home when absolutely necessary, such as when shopping for essential necessities or exercising. School children in Thurrock will continue to receive their education online over the coming weeks.

Council Leader calls on residents to fight new strain of coronavirus

22 December 2020
With Thurrock now having the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in the country, Council Leader Cllr Rob Gledhill is calling on residents to make sure they are doing all they can to slow the rate of infection and to protect each other and the NHS.
Cllr Gledhill said: "The situation in Thurrock is now more serious than it has ever been and we all need to play our part to stop the spread of infection and protect the NHS.

Thurrock young person becomes national ambassador for people leaving care

22 December 2020
A young Thurrock resident has been successfully recruited to the National Children in Care Council (NCICC) for care leavers.
Asif Salarzai has been recruited to role of National Voice Ambassador within the council which supports children across England aged 11 to 25 leaving care.

Thurrock to be placed into tier 4 from midnight

19 December 2020
The government has announced that Thurrock will enter the new tier 4 restrictions from 0:01am on Sunday 20 December.
Some of the key rules in tier 4 will be that all non-essential retail will close, along with gyms and leisure facilities and close contact services such as hairdressers.
As well as this, people will be unable to mix with any other household indoors unless they are in a support bubble – this includes during the Christmas period, and the previously announced mixing of households from 23 December to 27 December can no longer take place.

Development of local care and support services wins award

18 December 2020
Thurrock Council's innovative work developing local care and support services recently won the Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative award at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards 2020.
Cllr James Halden, Cabinet member for adult social care, said: "It's fantastic to see our micro-enterprise work being recognised at this year's APSE awards and all that we have done to support the growth of local, resident-led care and support services in Thurrock.

Crown Road car park closes for COVID-19 mobile testing unit

17 December 2020
Crown Road car park in Grays has been temporarily closed to allow for the operation of a Coronavirus mobile testing unit (MTU).
Cllr Rob Gledhill, Leader of the Council, said: "We have closed Crown Road car park in order to set up a further Mobile Testing Unit and support with the additional COVID-19 testing of 11 to 18 year-olds and their families and teachers, which is needed to tackle the spread of the virus in our borough.