Merton Is Named 'Britain's Top Council'

Local council comes out top on awards night

Merton Council has won the top award of Best Achieving Council in the local government 'Oscars'. 

The annual MJ Achievement Awards, which took place last night (June 20), recognised the top performing councils in the country with Merton winning the night's main award, Best Achieving Council.

This category recognises not just one area of council business, but the achievements of the authority right across the organisation.  

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 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 (left) 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." 

June 21, 2013