Thurrock council admits disastrous investments caused £500m deficit

By Patrick Butler Social policy editor Tory-led Essex authority is on brink of bankruptcy and has appealed to government for emergency bailoutA Tory-led council has admitted a series of disastrous investments in risky commercial projects caused it to run up an unprecedented deficit of nearly £500m and brought it to the brink of bankruptcy.The staggering scale of the catastrophe at Thurrock council in Essex – one of the biggest ever financial disasters in local government – is contained in an internal report made to the council’s cabinet, which reveals it has lost £275m on investments it made in solar energy and other businesses, and has set

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