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Princesses and scientists to take over Thameside Theatre this February half term

21 January 2019
Whether it is being wowed by exhilarating experiments or dancing away at a pop princess party, there is plenty for the kids to enjoy at the Thameside Theatre this February half-term.
The 'Exciting Science Show' takes to the stage at the theatre in Grays at 2pm on Tuesday 19 February, with tickets priced at £10.

Council hosts free private fostering workshop

21 January 2019
A free workshop will take place next month advising professionals, volunteers and members of the public on all aspects of private fostering.
Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 – or under 18 if disabled – is being cared for by someone who is not a parent or close relative for 28 days or more.

Cabinet approves key changes to housing allocation policy

18 January 2019
Local people in the highest need of a home will be the focus of Thurrock Council’s new housing allocation policy, following the scheme’s first major overhaul for nearly 5 years.
Thurrock Council's Cabinet last night approved the revised housing allocation plan to ensure it reflects current housing pressures. Specific changes, following an extensive 2-stage public consultation, include:

Adult social care to benefit from new community-led support team

18 January 2019
A new pilot, community-led approach to providing adult social care was launched on Wednesday 16 January.
Professionals and organisations including Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions, One Community and Contact the Elderly were invited to the event hosted by Thurrock Council at The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Tilbury, to meet Thurrock adult social care’s new community-led support social work team.

Plans to introduce additional licensing of shared houses and flats approved

18 January 2019
Tenants renting rooms from private landlords in certain parts of Thurrock will soon be protected from poor living conditions and unsatisfactory management standards under a new scheme.
Thurrock Council’s Cabinet this week (Wednesday 16 January) approved plans to introduce additional licensing to specific parts of the borough where there are higher numbers of private landlords renting small shared houses and flats to 3 or 4 tenants from more than one household, known as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Plans announced to transform social care provision

17 January 2019
A report at last night's Cabinet meeting (Wednesday 16 January) announced plans for a new residential development and a new model of care and support for older people in Thurrock.
The report proposed the development of a high quality care facility in South Ockendon with 45 self-contained dwellings and 30 ensuite bedrooms to meet the rising demands of the borough's older citizens.

Housing improvements could help elderly live healthily and independently for longer

17 January 2019
Thurrock Council has outlined ambitious proposals to help older people remain healthy and independent for longer by improving the suitability of housing in the borough.
This year's Annual Report of the Director of Public Health, which was presented to the council's Cabinet last night (Wednesday 16 January), suggests various ways the authority could look to improve the housing available so it better meets the needs of the borough's ageing population.

Cabinet proposes to freeze council tax for 2019/20

17 January 2019
Thurrock Council's Cabinet has recommended that a zero per cent council tax increase be considered for next year.
The proposal will now be considered at the corporate overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday 31 January before returning to Cabinet ahead of setting the budget at Full Council on Wednesday 27 February.

Wartime memories brought to life at Thurrock Museum

15 January 2019
Share your wartime memories of life in the borough at a special event marking this year's 80th anniversary of the start of World War Two.
On Wednesday 23 January, residents are invited to a Memories Morning between 11am and 1pm at the Thameside Complex as part of Thurrock Museum’s new World War Two commemorative project. 
Those attending will be able to reminisce about their wartime memories connected to Thurrock on the day over a tea or coffee. All experiences shared will be recorded and archived for future use in exhibitions, events and publications.