Merton’s first annual report

Merton Council will be launching their first annual report, this report summarises the accounts for 2005/06,giving information on where the council gets its income from and where they spend it and also details of their performance against the 2003-2006 business plan targets, letting people know how they’re performing.

In 2005/06, £239 million was spent on delivering council services, including £112.3 million on education and £52.8 million on social services. Approximately one third of the money spent came from council tax; one third came from business rates and one third from Government.

£32.4 million was invested in capital projects, including £12 million on environmental and regeneration projects and £9.5 million on community and housing projects, including refurbishment of local libraries.

The council met 63% of the targets it set itself and some highlights were:
· Winning a Gold Commendation award for excellence in their voluntary sector compact
· The borough’s children in care being amongst those getting the best results in the country
· Reducing time taken to process council tax and housing benefit claims, exceeding their target by 14 days
· Reducing the number of fly-tips and the time taken to remove them

The annual report is available via the council’s website at

It can also be viewed at local libraries and information points, with copies being available from the Performance and Improvement Team on 020 8545 3662 or e-mail

Further information about the council’s performance can be found at