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Dartford Council receive national recognition for improvement

Posted: 10 October 2006

Dartford Council has received a prestigious national award for improving the way it manages key public information.
The Exemplar 2006 award for The âMost Improved' Council recognised the achievements of Dartford Council in creating, maintaining and sharing up to date and accurate address and property records; the building block for delivery of all Council services and information. As well as achieving national recognition the work undertaken by Dartford Council has also resulted in improvements in performance and service delivery; including additional revenue, reductions in cost and increased levels of service.
Dartford Council has strived to improve the accuracy of address and property information throughout the organisation. By addressing three specific performance areas they have already achieved, in just one year, a 13% improvement and are on target for 100% match rate in 2007. As a result of this ongoing project to maintain a single, up to date and accurate address for every household in the borough the Council has already identified a number of households not listed on the Electoral Roll and therefore not eligible to vote and properties not paying Council Tax or Business Rates.
"Dartford Council has set ambitious targets and achieved an enormous amount over the last year", said Michael Nicholson, Managing Director of Intelligent Addressing, organisers of the awards. "It is also important to note that this effort, commitment and achievement is providing real benefit to local residents, businesses and visitors to the borough. "
The work undertaken by Dartford Council on their address and property information (Local Land and Property Gazetteer) forms part of a national initiative to improve efficiency and service delivery. The Council's address records link to a nationwide database called the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) that allows public authorities to freely share information across government departments, the National Health Service and emergency services for example.
The Exemplar awards acknowledge the effort, commitment and achievements of Local Authorities in creating, sharing and using accurate council information such as property databases and street gazetteers. The 2006 NLPG / NSG Exemplar awards, organised by Intelligent Addressing and supported by the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), received a record number of entries and the presentation ceremony took place at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Manchester on the 10th October.
10 October 2006
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