Merton celebrates success

Merton Council is celebrating a year of successes with the publication of its summary of achievements for 2007/2008.

The council published its 2008 Best Value Performance Plan (BVPP) on 30 June 2008, reporting on how the council is performing for its residents. The report shows that the last year has been a successful one for Merton.

Offering its residents the best value for money and becoming a more efficient organisation is a key target for the council and this was demonstrated over the last year with an improvement in Merton’s score for its Use of Resources, going up from two, to three out of a possible four, following an external assessment.

Another aim for the council has been to try and engage with residents more and offer them more opportunities to get involved in what the council is doing. This has been achieved through a large-scale consultation with residents over several months to develop the Mission for Merton.

In the last year, the council also won a national award for ‘the Merton Rule’; the High Path day centre was highly commended for its work with adults with learning disabilities; and the council gained the Investors in People accreditation for the whole organisation, proving its commitment to giving its staff, and in turn residents, the best possible opportunities and services.

Councillor Samantha George, deputy leader and cabinet member for corporate resources at Merton council, said:
” Merton has taken many steps to listen to the concerns of its residents and put their needs first by focusing on the things that matter most to them. Becoming more efficient is one key element in being able to deliver good value for money services and so it is good news that we are improving in this area.

“As a result of all the hard work being put in to making continuous improvements for our residents, Merton continues to be judged by the Audit Commission as a three star council that is improving well.”

The BVPP is available to anyone who in interested in, or contributes to the work of the Council via our website at http://www.merton.gov.uk/bestvalue.
Copies are also available for viewing in the borough’s libraries.

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Notes to editor

This will be the final year that the council is measured in this way as the national performance framework for councils has changed and instead will be are replaced with 197 National Indicators from 2008/09 onwards. Information on performance against these National Indicators will be reported as part of our Annual Report from October 2009.

Copies are also available in large print, Braille, audio tapes or other languages. Please contact Diversity and Community Engagement on 020 8545 3864, or via diversityandcommunityengagement@merton.gov.uk

We welcome any feedback on the BVPP and any ideas you may have for improving services. Please contact Suzanne Barrows, Performance and Improvement Manager on 020 8545 3662, or via performance@merton.gov.uk.