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Three town councils marked down for arrears management in service and conservancy charges: MND

Three town councils were marked down for their performance in arrears management in service and conservancy charges (S&CC) in the latest operational report released by the Ministry of National Development on Wednesday (June 29).

Chua Chu Kang Town Council, Jurong-Clementi Town Council and Sengkang Town Council were given amber ratings, while the remaining 14 received green ratings.

This is because the three town councils either had more than 40 per cent but less than 60 per cent of the monthly S&CC overdue, or had more than four but less than six in 100 households owing arrears for three months or more.

The three were the only town councils that received amber ratings in the Operational Report of the latest Town Council Management Report (TCMR), which covers the 2021 financial year from April 2021 to March this year.

The other 14 town councils that received green ratings had less had less than 40 per cent of the monthly S&CC overdue and less than four in 100 households owing arrears for three months or more.

All town councils received green ratings in the other three areas: estate cleanliness, estate management and lift performance.

The green, amber or red ratings given are based on measurable, objective criteria submitted by town councils and their auditors.

This the first year the TCMR has been split into two parts; one covering the four operational indicators and one covering only corporate governance.

When MND announced the new format last year, it said the corporate governance report will be published in November or December, as the town councils' audited financial statements, required for the assessment, are submitted to the ministry only by the end of September.

MND had said that the splitting up of the report will not impact how town councils are assessed, but allows for more focused and timely reporting on the different aspects of their work.

Town CouncilsMinistry of National Development