Thurrock Council Commission and Best Value Inspection

On Friday 2 September 2022, Greg Clark MP, the then Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, confirmed that he had appointed Essex County Council as Commissioner to act in an intervention at Thurrock Council.

The appointment of Essex County Council as Commissioner followed ‘grave concerns’ voiced by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities over Thurrock Council’s exceptional levels of financial risk and debt.

Essex County Council was also appointed to undertake a Best Value Inspection.

You can contact the Thurrock Council Commission by email at to ask questions or contribute to its work.

The Commissioners will regard all email correspondence as confidential.

Best Value Inspection

Essex County Council, in its statutory role as Best Value Inspector, is undertaking a Best Value Inspection of Thurrock Council.

The Inspection commenced on Monday 10 October and is due to report the findings to the Secretary of State by Tuesday 3 January 2023.

The Inspection Team was directed by the Secretary of State to consider, in the delivery of specific functions, whether Thurrock Council has effective arrangements in place for securing Best Value in its governance, audit (internal and external), risk management, overview and scrutiny functions, and their impact on service delivery.

The Inspection Team is:

  • Tony McArdle, Inspection Lead
  • Margaret Lee, Finance
  • Pam Parkes, Organisation culture
  • Paul Turner, Governance

You can contact the Inspection Team at

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