Watchdog praises borough services
The Council's ambition is to ensure that the Royal Borough is recognised as one
of the best places to live in London. Its services have been consistently rated
as “excellent” and in the first year of the Audit Commission's new assessment method,
the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA), the Council was given the highest available
overall score when the results were released last December.
Its children's services and adult social care services also achieved the highest
scores possible also achieved the highest scores possible.
Under the previous review system, which focused solely on the Council's performance,
Kensington and Chelsea was one of three local authorities that achieved the highest
Comprehensive Performance Assessment rating each year from 2002 to 2008.
The new CAA system examines how the Council works with other public sector bodies,
such as police, fire and rescue services and health bodies, to meet the needs of
its residents. The results show that public services in the Royal Borough are rated
among the top six in London and top 14 nationally.
The CAA also assesses the Council's performance in isolation and in this assessment
the Council scored an overall four out of four, leading the Audit Commission to
conclude: “Overall, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea performs excellently.”
The new assessment regime uses a series of red and green flags to highlight area
of concern and major achievements. Significantly, the Royal Borough Kensington and
Chelsea received no red flags and was awarded two green flags for improving educational
results and reducing crime. The borough was one of only ten areas to receive two
green flags or more.
The report outlined how Ofsted have judged the Royal Borough's children's services
to be performing excellently and in the top ten in the country. The Royal Borough's
outstanding primary and secondary results were also commended; the proportion of
young people achieving five or more higher grade GCSEs was well above the national
average and exam results for pupils from minority ethnic backgrounds and those on
free school meals were also identified as being well above the national average.
Levels of crime are falling and the borough remains one of the safest in London.
Antisocial behaviour is also falling, thanks to the Council's introduction of a
borough-wide alcohol control zone. The Council has also paid for 76 Community Safety
Officers to patrol the streets each day and has committed to do so for the next
The report also praised the Council's achievements in key areas including its: high
standard of refuse collection, street cleaning and recycling services commitment
to helping vulnerable residents remain independent and the wide range of home care
choices available investment in parks and open spaces which in the past year saw
12 new small playground sites opened, as well as a new adventure playground at Wormwood
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