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League table names Havering Council as best in London for productivity

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 November 2018

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Havering is one of the best councils in country for securing outcomes that make a real difference to their residents’ lives, according to a recently published performance index.

Impower, an independent consultancy that aims to show how councils are performing during a period of austerity, has released its list of the most productive councils in England.

Havering Council placed fifth, with Leicestershire council placing first and Redbridge placing sixth in the rankings.

The league table draws on 49 available datasets to answer questions such as are children who are taken away from their parents reaching their full potential, or whether money is being spent on carers helping them to care for their loved ones.

“The report shows that our residents are receiving very good value for money when it comes to how we spend our budget on the things that make a difference to their lives,” said councillor Damian White, leader of the council.

The table lists the best councils in England using a 'productivity approach'. Picture: impowerThe table lists the best councils in England using a 'productivity approach'. Picture: impower

“This is more than keeping our streets clean and safe, collecting bins on a weekly basis and keeping the street lights on, as important as those things are. It is also about providing life changing support and care to young and older people who are more vulnerable.”

Last year Havering placed 48th in the table for productivity and has also moved from 67th place to 4th best for the quality of support that is available to older people.

Cllr White added: “However, while the report shows that there is much to be proud of, we are far from complacent.

“There are lots of areas where we need to improve. At a time when resources are so tight, we need to make sure that every penny is spent in the most effective way.”

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