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Ten London boroughs have made it through to a shortlist of 68 local authorities competing nationally to become the ...
Ten London boroughs have made it through to a shortlist of 68 local authorities competing nationally to become the first ever beacon councils.

The shortlist was selected from 269 applications for beacon status from councils around the country.

The ten successful London boroughs are: Bexley, Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hounslow, Lewisham, Redbridge, Southwark, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.

Each has demonstrated good overall performance, as well as outstanding performance in one or more of the following service areas being considered for beacon status this year:

1. community safety - preventing crime and disorder in shopping centres

2. education - helping to raise standards by tackling school failure

3. housing - improving housing maintenance

4. modernising planning - streamlining planning decisions for business

5. service delivery - improving housing & council tax benefit administration

6. social services - helping care leavers

7. sustainable development - dealing with waste

An independent advisory panel appointed by the government will make recommendations to ministers on the final selection of around 40 beacon councils, expected to be announced in December.

Association of London Government chair Toby Harris congratulated the successful boroughs. 'London councils have been working hard to improve performance and ensure that they provide the highest quality services to local residents' he said. 'The inclusion of almost a third of London's boroughs in the shortlist for beacon council status demon-strates their success in modernising council services and delivering best value for Londoners.'

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