Advice given in Thurrock parks over the weekend

15 April 2020
Over the Easter bank holiday weekend, Thurrock Council's Environmental Enforcement officers – in partnership with Essex Police – spoke with over 1,500 people to remind them of the government's social distancing rules and the advice to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Council leader says stay at home and applauds tremendous work being done

9 April 2020
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, is warning residents they should stay at home and limit contact with others as much as possible over the bank holiday weekend while Thurrock Council will be working hard to make sure critical services continue to be delivered.
He is also asking residents to join him in applauding the tremendous work being carried out by Thurrock Council's incredible teams.

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action supports most vulnerable

7 April 2020
Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA) has spoken to 636 of our most vulnerable residents during the first 5 days of the community response launching last Wednesday (1 April). In addition, over 350 residents have come forward to volunteer to give their time helping those who are most vulnerable keep safe and well and to stay at home.

Business grant distribution - have you provided information?

6 April 2020
Thurrock Council has already helped local businesses get over £4.3 million worth of government support grants.
The grants, which were made available last week, have been created to help businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. They are funded by the government but distributed to businesses by local councils.
In Thurrock, 340 local businesses have received their payments. The first 47 were paid on Friday 3 April. After the finance tram working through the weekend another 293 were ready for payment today (Monday 6 April.

Don't play around with coronavirus restrictions

1 April 2020
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, has slammed irresponsible people who are flouting social distancing rules and breaking into closed play areas in the borough's parks.
Last week Thurrock Council, following government guidelines, closed all park play areas and outdoor exercise areas because it is not possible for residents including families to observe social distancing when using them. 
Since then:

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action helpline launched

1 April 2020
At 9am today (Wednesday 1 April), Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA) – a partnership led by Thurrock Council working with Stronger Together and Thurrock CVS – will be launching a helpline and online form to support residents who:
are vulnerable due to self-isolation
have worsening mental or physical health issues
do not have friends, family or local support in place at this time
This helpline is for Thurrock residents who need help as a priority and are without help in the community.

Government grants for businesses

31 March 2020
Thurrock Council is acting quickly to help local businesses make sure that they take full advantage of government grants available to help them stay afloat during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The following grants are available to businesses and shops in the borough:

Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action delivers to the most vulnerable

31 March 2020
Over the weekend Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA – a partnership between Thurrock Council, Stronger Together, Thurrock CVS and other local organisations – made progress on recruiting volunteers and supporting the borough's most vulnerable residents following its launch on Friday 27 March.

Council Tax support for residents

30 March 2020
Thurrock Council has introduced a range of Council Tax support measures to help residents who might be suffering financial hardship as a result of the changes introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Self-employed workers who are waiting for a grant under the government scheme announced last week will be able to defer Council Tax payments until July.

Working hard to keep the borough clean and safe

27 March 2020
Thurrock Council is working hard to maintain essential council services across the borough to make sure:
it is safe for vulnerable residents
its roads are clear for critical users and emergency service vehicles
parks are a pleasant place for people observing social distancing rules to take their daily exercise
Teams hard at work include: