Hackney s improving strongly CPA score

HACKNEY Council is ‘improving strongly’ and building on its three-star status, in a report published by the Audit Commission today (5 March).

The rate of improvement is higher than the national average, the Direction of Travel report states, with priority areas including community safety, children and young people and adult social care singled out for praise.

The service areas of Benefits and Housing have gone up from ratings of three to four, Environment from two to three, and Value for Money also improving from two to three.

Use of Resources, Adult Social Services, and Children’s Social Services all retain their score ratings of three.

Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, said: “It is vital right now that we continue to provide high-quality, improving services, but at no extra cost. Council Tax has been frozen at the same level for the fourth year running, while this will be the seventh year with no cuts to frontline services.

“I am committed to improving Council services, while at the same time ensuring Hackney residents continue to receive value for money from their Council Tax.”

It is the second year running that the Audit Commission has reported that Hackney Council is ‘improving strongly’, while there has also been a 12% point increase in resident satisfaction with the borough, according to a recent Place Survey conducted by Ipsos MORI.

They follow announcements on 3 March that the Council has been awarded government Beacon status in the category of Olympic Games and Paralympics legacy: using the opportunity of hosting the Games to encourage communities to be more active; and also in the category of strategic commissioning, for Team Hackney’s innovative framework which ensures a robust, transparent and accountable process for allocating funding according to local area priorities.

This is also in addition to an improved 2-star (out of 3 stars) rating for Hackney Homes, which will unlock significant additional government funding to complete the Decent Homes programme for Council homes.