This live event has finished
- Thurrock Council cabinet meeting
- 12/09/12 - 7pm
- LIVE from Civic Offices, Grays
And that's that. After 34 minutes, the meeting is closed. Obviously full and detailed coverage in next week's Gazette!
Cllr Kent is now discussing General Fund Revenue Budget, he says it is worth noting that there have been savings of £2.7m.
Cllr Smith adds that although £53,000 worth of debt owed to the council is being written off (this person(s)no longer lives in the borough and is seemingly indetectable) this will be chased up should the opportunity arise.
Cllr Angie Gaywood says government were wrong to change results thresholds when they did and commends Cllr Gerrish for challenging the government on this.
On GCSE results, Cllr Gerrish is calling on the government to sort out appalling mess which is "unfair and damaging" on Thurrock's young people.
Another report introduced by Cllr Gerrish now: "showing direction of education exceedingly positive".
It shows accelerated improvement in Thurrock primary school children's attainment.
He says: "we should be proud"
There is a definite need to 3 & 2 bedroom homes, according to VMC.
Council looking at policy that will encourage people to downsize. Inventives might include first year rent free. "Live rent free for a year" report in November.
Howard Estate (behind Bannatyne Gym in Chafford Hundred) remains unbuilt. The Council are looking to purchase those 140 affordable properties to complete them after the developer went into administration.
"It feels great that we will be building homes. We're going to be a council of the future." Lots of positivity for this report!
Cllr Val Morris-Cook says she is very proud that Thurrock Council can tonight pledge to build 1000 homes in the next 5 years.
She says there are nearly 3000 people on council house waiting lists: "We can finally do something to help them".
Apologies for the lenghty delay in posts, the internet is very slow.
Cllr Gerrish says that the Ofsted Inspection of Safeguarding and Looked After Children, in which Thurrock "achieved a highly credible" result, is a fantastic achievement for the borough of which he is very proud.
Increases in discretionary charges now being talked about by John Kent. He says rise in those charges is in line with the necessary recovery of their costs (of those services, such as a 10p rise in school meals).
Cllr Phil Smith, Cllr Val Morris-Cook and Cllr Oliver Gerrish are now talking about aspects of the Council's performance score card relevant to them.
More on that statement later. Basically, the Council's contract with Morrison's will not be renewed.
So to start us up, a statement by Val Morris-Cook on Morrisons:
No extension will be given to the repairs contract with Morrisons following "disappointing partnership".
If the internet was a tad quicker, I would provide links to the agenda and questions for tonight. But they can all be found on the Thurrock Council website!
I think we're about ready here. Internet is very slow, so updates may be a little delayed!
If you're unsure who's in the cabinet or what their responsibilities are, look here.http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/democracy/cabinet/content.php?page=portfolios
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of tonight's meeting of the cabinet at Thurrock Council!
The meeting starts at 7pm and i'll bring you the latest, live as it happens.