Merton has come up trumps by receiving a gold commendation in recognition of its commitment to the Merton Compact.
In the recently published Compact quarterly review, Merton is highlighted as the best local authority area for implementation of the Compact .The commendation was awarded at the Annual Compact meeting between government ministers and the voluntary sector. Out of England’s 388 local authority areas only three won gold and Merton is the only authority in London, who can lay claim to this prestigious honour.
The Compact is an agreement between Merton Council, the Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust, Metropolitan Police Service and the voluntary and community sectors, designed to strengthen relationships ensuring all sectors can work together effectively.
Rather than being preoccupied with the initial formative steps after Compact was launched in 2004, Merton Compact took the upper hand and embarked on a series of quick wins within the first six months, which included a no council grants cut guarantee and evaluating the volunteering contribution.
Speaking of the Compact success, Merton’s Chief Executive Ged Curran said:
“This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone who is affiliated with the Merton Compact and I’m sure this will prove to be a solid platform for future prosperity.
“The 15 quick wins with our Compact has expanded our vision of what can be achieved by working more closely together.”
Chris Frost of the Merton Voluntary Service Council also expressed her delight at this accolade for Merton Compact.
“All partners in the Merton Compact are proud of and encouraged by the considerable tangible gains that have been achieved by working more closely together, and we are determined to build on these for the benefit of Merton residents.”