Date: 13 January 2014
PR No: 3784
Status: For Immediate Release
Monday, 13 January 2014
Thanet Council - Council Performance Report Published
Council Performance Report Published
In a report released today (Monday 13 January) Thanet District Council has announced how it has performed against its goals over the past six months. The Corporate Performance Report covers the period between April – November 2013 and presents an overview of how the council is delivering on its priorities as set out in its Corporate Plan 2012-2016.
There have been some significant successes within the 30 projects listed in the report including a review of the Housing Allocations Policy which has introduced a much tighter set of criteria that must be met by those seeking council housing in Thanet. This is an important tool in responding to social housing needs and ensures that those in the greatest need are supported and prioritised appropriately.
Many initiatives have been undertaken working in partnership with the voluntary and community sector such as the Fulfilling Lives: Aging Better programme. The council submitted an expression of interest for £2-6m Big Lottery funding working in collaboration with various partners. This application was successful in identifying Social Enterprise Kent as the project lead, an award of £20k partnership development funding and getting the partnership through to the second round of bidding. The Broadstairs Folk week was another great success this year thanks to partnership working involving the council’s Events Safety Advisory Group members, the Festival Team, and local publicans and traders. The council also worked closely with residents groups in the creation of the ‘A Better Cliftonville’ group following the national C2 – Connecting Communities model.
The report covers performance up to November 2013 and so precedes the implementation of the improved recycling service. The percentage of household recycling stated in the report is 26.8% however, this has now risen to 49.6% almost meeting the council’s longer term target of 50% already. This increased recycling will reduce the expense of disposal to landfill as well as create additional income. This success has not detracted from the need to continue to address residual concerns with the roll out, and the impact of the very poor weather over the Christmas period, and substantial staff resources have been deployed to achieve this.
Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Cllr. Michelle Fenner said: “This report shows that in spite of severe funding cuts by government, Thanet District Council is making full use of its resources to make sure that front line services are affected as little as possible. This is not an easy task but the council’s committed staff and elected members will continue to strive to achieve this for our residents.”The report can be viewed at http://democracy.thanet.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=151&MId=3047&Ver=4