Council bosses are looking to provide a “balanced budget” in the upcoming year despite the impact of Covid.

Thurrock council has published its draft budget which could see an increase to council tax by 1.99% and a 3% Adult Social Care precept increase.

The council says the budget position is possible due to Government grant support and resilience in council finances.

Shane Hebb, cabinet member for finance, said: “COVID-19 has meant the council has needed to invest significantly more in services which protect those most vulnerable adults and children, whilst at the same time some income streams have been impacted.”