Highlights from the report include:
- 97% of the borough's primary schools being judged as good or better by Ofsted, beating the target of 94% and up from 91.9% last year
- Thurrock's primary school pupils doing better than the national average in reading writing and maths – especially looked after children, who are more than 20% above the national average
- the borough’s streets being cleaner and having less graffiti than national averages
- 97.5% of home repairs being completed within target – also above the national average
The report also includes areas the council can focus on for improvement during the current year, including increasing recycling rates and faster handling of complaints.
Cllr Deborah Huelin, portfolio holder for performance, said: "We often set ourselves ambitious and sometimes stretching targets deliberately.
"Overall we are hitting or bettering the majority of our targets and delivering great services for our residents. There are some challenges for the year ahead and we aim to improve performance in these areas.
"Community is at the heart of everything Thurrock Council does and it is great to see the evidence of that fantastic community spirit in the huge number of time banking hours exchanged here in Thurrock, with 23,486 hours exchanged. It means that people in Thurrock spent more than two-and-a-half years' worth of hours helping each other last year."