Top Thurrock Tory announces no rise in local council tax this year

Cllr James Halden

A LEADING Thurrock councillor has announced that council tax in the borough will not be increased in the coming financial year.

Cllr James Halden, portfolio holder for health and education, made the announcement on social media today, saying: “We have announced that this Conservative administration in Thurrock will be freezing council tax this year.

“That’s right – 0% increase! That’s even while investing more cash in #police and ASB, weekly bin collections, school places and so on. Long term economic plan working!”

While the council will control its own tax, it is still possible there will be increases in the levy made by the police and fire authorities, the region’s Police and Fire Commissioner, Roger Hirst, having already stated that he is considering increases due to the financial constraints on the existing services.