Today the Audit Commission, the government body that rates councils, awarded Ealing its top rating. Only this Tuesday we finalised a standstill budget after two successive years of a 1.9%, below inflation rise. This award proves that you can control costs and still deliver too. You can see what the Audit Commission has to say here.
Council Leader Jason Stacey said:
The most important measure of our success is resident satisfaction with services, and the good news is real progress is being made. Some 78% of people say the Council is doing a good job, and 72% feel we are efficient and well run. The Government assessment is a tremendous endorsement of the progress that we’ve made.
The numbers that Jason is quoting come from the council’s own residents survey (see here). It’s nice to get the nod from the civil servants at the Audit Commission. It is more important that the 3,030 real people whose opinion we ask in the residents’ survey give us the nod.