Budget consultation and engagement launched

29 November 2023
Thurrock Council has launched a series of consultations and surveys on proposals for its 2024/25 budget.
This follows a first of its kind, 5-hour Overview and Scrutiny meeting, which all councillors were invited to attend to consider, examine and ask questions about any aspect of the budget proposals.

RACC response supports pupils attending local schools

27 November 2023
Thurrock Council has been working with schools across the borough as they respond to issues affecting buildings containing Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC).
Cllr Adam Carter, Cabinet Member for Education, recently visited St Clere's Secondary School and Thameside Primary School to see what action they had taken and praised the Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust for their exceptional work in difficult times.

Leader responds to publication of proposed council budget savings

22 November 2023
On 28 November 2023, the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee will meet to consider budget proposals for the 2024/2025 financial year. The committee papers will detail the council's proposals to realise savings of £18.2million out of its revenue budget.
Speaking after the publication of the committee papers, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Andrew Jefferies explained: "There can be no denying that Thurrock Council is facing some very difficult decisions.

New people join top team

21 November 2023
Updated 11 January 2024.
Recruitment to the council's senior leadership team has seen 2 director posts filled, with the successful candidates set to join the council in the new year.
The new members of the leadership team are as follows.

Additional support for Thurrock Foster Carers

20 October 2023
Thurrock Council has increased allowance payments and improved the support available to foster carers, as the council seeks more foster carers to open their hearts and homes to support vulnerable young people.
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Housing, said: "Our foster carers are truly remarkable people providing vulnerable young people with a safe and loving family environment which allows them to grow, develop and thrive.

Thameside Complex lit up white and blue in solidarity with victims of violence

10 October 2023
Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Leader of Thurrock Council said: "We are lighting the Thameside Complex white and blue – the colours of the Israeli flag – today to show that we stand in solidarity with the victims of terrorism following the terrible attack that took place in Israel over the weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with all victims of this current conflict, and their families and loved ones.
“The complex will be lit up in line with government buildings throughout the UK as we show solidarity with those affected by this deplorable act of violence."

Enforcement officers win Police awards

29 September 2023
Thurrock Council's enforcement officers have won 2 Essex Police awards in recognition of the outstanding work they do to tackle and prevent anti-social behaviour.
The team picked up a Certificate of Recognition for their outstanding contribution and a Long Service Award at the first ever Community Safety Accreditation Scheme Awards, which took place at Essex Police headquarters on Tuesday 26 September.
The Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) allows the Chief of Essex Police to designate extra powers to non-police officers working in a community safety role.

Devolution deal development for Greater Essex

21 September 2023
New deal would strengthen the Greater Essex economy.
More funding and more local decision-making to strengthen the local economy is on the cards for Greater Essex.
Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea City Council and Thurrock Council, along with the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, have agreed to work toward a level 2 devolution deal – which, if agreed, would involve creating a new Greater Essex Combined Authority.

Early indication of Key Stage 2 success

12 September 2023
Early figures indicate that Thurrock's primary schools are the top performers in the Eastern region when it comes to teaching reading, writing, grammar, maths and science.
Results of assessments of pupils in years Early Years Foundation Stage, Year 2 and Year 6 show that more pupils are reaching the expected standard in Thurrock than across the region. The figures are due to be validated later in the year.