Merton named best council in the country

Merton Council has been named Best Achieving Council at the MJ Achievement Awards 2013, a top local government industry accolade.

Staff celebrating being named best council in the country

Staff celebrate being named best council in the country

The annual event which took place last night recognised the top performing councils in the country with Merton winning the main award of the night, Best Achieving Council. This category recognises not just one area of council business, but the achievements of the authority right across the organisation.

This award recognises Merton as the best council in the country. The organisers praised the council for consistently delivering for its residents across all service areas, its excellent services and value for money as well as being one of the lowest spenders in London but often being in the top quartile for performance. Other qualities of winners of this award include having a clear vision, strong forward planning and evidence of delivering successful services.

As well as being awarded Best Achieving Council, Merton’s legal team was also shortlisted in the Best Legal Services category.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: ‘I am extremely happy and proud Merton has won this excellent accolade. This win and the success of the council is down to the hard work of our staff, our partners, volunteers and the many community groups we work with across the borough. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with the council for their important contribution which has led to Merton winning this award, it is a great honour.’