At a strategy meeting last night the Council listed how it had achieved against a set of priorities and the fact that it managed to underspent by just £1.58m showed how hard it had worked to make sure it delivered on its promises said Sutton's lead councillor for managing its resources Simon Wales.
A report to the committee outlined some key achievements which included:
Level of resident satisfaction maintained at 2011 levels
Safer Sutton Partnership had overseen a further reduction in total crime by 7.2%
Opportunity Sutton programme has attracted £322m of investment, creating 1,640 new jobs and supporting a 31% drop in 18-24 Job Seekers Allowance claimants
Primary schools across the borough have been regarded as "particularly impressive" by Ofsted
Councillor Wales praised the work of the officers of the Council h=who had been responsible for administering the resources
"Set against the backdrop of continued government funding reductions this outturn is quite an achievement – to be within 1% of a budget of £155m is an excellent result," he said.
"Excellent result not just in financial terms but also in performance terms with so many of the councils objectives being achieved
Thanks to the many officers across the council who have helped to achieve this. It does highlight some areas where more action needs to be taken and these will be addressed in the coming year.
"Capital spending was rather further from its budget, mainly through timing differences and rescheduling of work and difficulties in spending some of the decent homes money through the bad weather. However, there are areas where more accurate reporting would have highlighted these issues earlier in the year, and this will be reviewed by the capital programme monitoring board which has its first meeting next week."