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Redbridge named as one of the best councils in England for effectively spending money

PUBLISHED: 18:26 23 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:26 23 November 2018

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

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

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Redbridge Council has been named as one of the best local authorities in the country for getting the “best outcomes for citizens” and “spending their money most effectively”.

According to public service consultancy, Impower, Redbridge is ranked at sixth best in England for its productivity per pound invested.

Leader of the council, Councillor Jas Athwal, said he is extremely proud that the borough has climbed from 30 to six in the Which Councils Are Best 2018 report.

“This is despite the government cutting nearly 60per cent of our budget,” he said.

“We are looking at better and more efficient ways of working, and this report is testament to the great work the staff in the council are doing.

“We have more to do, and we will continue to improve our services for residents.”

The Impower report stated that the rankings were determined by looking at six different areas including children’s social care, older people, disability, health and social care interface, housing and homelessness and waste and recycling.

By doing so readers can “see at a glance” a league table of 150 councils and find out who is spending most effectively.

“There are five newcomers in the list, with Havering and Redbridge having made the most progress to claim their spot,” it read.

“There are significant variations in performance within individual authorities. For example, Redbridge is the most productive council in England in relation to services for older people but ranks 123 out of 150 for housing and homelessness.

“This is because, relative to other councils, Redbridge has a high number of people living in temporary accommodation, a high number of people sleeping on the streets, and has built a low number of affordable housing units.”

Neighbouring borough Havering was ranked fifth best with Essex coming in at seventh place.

Leicestershire and East Riding of Yorkshire retain their 2017 positions as the most productive councils in England and Wigan, Gloucestershire and Derbyshire have also stayed in the top 10.

Barking and Dagenham was ranked 88 out of 150 but made it into the top ten most improved councils.

To read the full report visit: impower.co.uk

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