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
http://www.merton.gov.uk/annualreport

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 performance@merton.gov.uk

Further information about the council’s performance can be found at http://www.merton.gov.uk/council/performance