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BUSINESSLIKE APPROACH YIELDS DIVIDENDS FOR THURROCK COUNCIL

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In a piece on its public services management page the Independent (p25) looks at how Thurrock Labour council in Ess...
In a piece on its public services management page the Independent (p25) looks at how Thurrock Labour council in Essex claims to have cut 20% from its budget while improving service standards.

Change was forced on the council in the same way as it was on many authorities, by being squeezed by capping and the loss of business rates income.

Before the loss of local business rating Thurrock was a rich authority and was able to build up significant reserves, which have seen the authority through a difficult period of transition, allowing it to spend £3 million more than its cap. But that is still £5 million less than would have been the case without drastic action, says the paper.

The paper goes on to discuss a new 'more businesslike approach' introduced to the council by the new chief executive, Keith Barnes formerly of Coopers & Lybrand, and of the new deputy, Eric Nath from GEC Power Engineering.
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