Council tax is expected to increase in Thurrock by the maximum amount allowed
The council is facing a budget deficit of more than £42 million over the next three years due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result, there will be a 1.99 per cent rise in council tax and a three per cent Adult Social Care precept increase.
The council intends to spend £3.3 million from its reserves to help balance the budget. It will also rely on financial support from the government.
“We thank the government for its grant funding support, and are secure in the knowledge that the reserves we built up have helped withstand this once-in-a-hundred year event,” said Councillor Shane Hebb, Cabinet Member for Finance.
“The impact of COVID-19 has meant the council has needed to invest significantly more in services which protect those most vulnerable adults and children in our borough, whilst at the same time some income streams have been impacted.
“The investment approach enabled more time to carry out a review of the services the council offers, and whilst some services have been reformed, we were able to fund additional services above what a council has to do.
“Reserves can only be used as a one off support – and therefore service reviews are being implemented faster and will be a bigger part of the council’s budget approach moving forward as we face the financial pressures of 2022/23 and beyond.”
The council expects to save £5.6 million by temporarily suspending the recruitment of non-essential vacant posts and by reviewing staff allowances.
The draft budget will be presented at a cabinet meeting next Wednesday, 13 January.
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