Council performance, a mixed picture

While the Harrow council seems to be doing well in the areas like economic growth and regeneration, Care Act, ensuring an efficient and effective organisation, it is not doing well for the vulnerable.
Kiran2A council performance report by the portfolio holder for performance Councillor Kiran Ramchandani (photo) before the cabinet meeting on 10 December, identifies a number of targets that have not recently been  met or where the performance in well below the target, despite the vulnerability specific council motions.
This failure suggests that although the council gathers various information about who benefits/ does not benefit from its services, effective use of the information to redress imbalances is not good enough.
Following are some of the areas where the targets have not recently been met:
• number of eligible people receiving health checks
• percentage of Mental Health clients in paid employment
• percentage of social care users with self-directed support taking up a cash payment
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• total number of households to whom the council has accepted a full homelessness
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• first time entrants to Youth Justice System
• Child Protection Plan for 2nd or subsequent time (within two years of last plan)
• 16 to 18 year olds who are not in education, employment or training
• care leavers not in education, employment or training (19 – 21 year olds)
• termly rate of permanent exclusions of pupils as percentage of Harrow school
   population
• percentage of sessions absent from school amongst school age Children Looked
   After, in school year to date
• Children Looked After: rate of permanent exclusions as percentage of Harrow
   Children Looked After population
Also, the under-representation of black and minority ethnic (BAME) people at top level jobs as well as the proportion of disabled employees at the council remain an issue, made worst by the council not always testing the market for the senior posts.