Lewisham 3 Star Council

I see that Lewisham remains a 3 star council in the figures published today.

The Audit Commission says:

Lewisham is performing well. Council services are improving in line with priorities and what local people think is important. Two-thirds of performance indicators have improved. Educational attainment continues to generally improve, and school exclusions are now low. Effective partnership working has secured improvements in the economic well-being of young people and teenage conceptions have reduced. Fewer people have been injured or killed on the roads. However, while some crimes have reduced, in line with regional trends there has been an increase in robberies and violent offences. Satisfaction with the Council has improved across all services, particularly in relation to cleanliness and waste collection. Investment in recycling and road repairs has resulted in better services and resident satisfaction has now increased in these areas. The Council continues to excel in relation to diversity. The engagement of young people in the democratic process through the Young Mayor and young people’s citizen’s panel is outstanding. Robust corporate governance arrangements continue to operate. The Council has a track record of implementing its plans, and the capacity to further improve is in place.

And I see that Steve seems understandably chuffed:

“This result is great news and I would like to thank staff and the borough’s young people for all their hard work, which is reflected by our three-star rating. What makes the achievement even more noteworthy is the fact that this rating has been awarded after a significantly more stringent assessment, one the Audit Commission itself calls the ‘harder test’.

“Quite rightly, people focus on what is happening in their locality but it is important to recognise the quality and value of services the council offers across the borough.”

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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3 Responses to Lewisham 3 Star Council

  1. kate says:

    I’m yet to be convinced. Nigel tyrell has a tough job and has been seen to be putting effort into improving things so i can see why his department got a mention. What about all other council departments? Are they really asking lewisham people what they think of the services provided? I have never been asked.
    school exclusions is something i know a little about , and i think there are ways around giving out real facts on this to make things look better. I sound cynical, and it will take a bit more than saying the council has “3 stars” to change my way of thinking. I want to see real improvements in practise not just in a report.

  2. andrewkbrown says:

    Well, most people won’t get asked, as there are 250,000 people living here, but the polling on resident satisfaction is done by MORI and so should reflect the demographics of the borough.

    They also do every other London borough and don’t have an incentive to find positives. Nor does the Audit Commission.

    I don’t think the Commission or Steve are saying everything is perfect, and nor am I. Far from it, but what this reflects is that broadly services are being delivered well and are improving. And that is worth celebrating, just a bit.

  3. kate says:

    I’m a pessimist, i can’t help it. 😉 It seems from my little corner of Lewisham that nothing much changes. I dont really see the improvements. I think thats why i find it hard to believe.

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