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16 March 2009

16 March 2009

Councils are giving better value for money but could still do more, the latest Audit Commission findings suggest.

The new Comprehensive Performance Assessment report for single-tier and county councils showed that of 149 local authorities assessed, 21 improved their value-for-money score between 2007 and last year. However, drops in value-for-money scores were seen at three councils - Milton Keynes, North Lincolnshire and Surrey.

The commission prepared the report using its own assessments and those of other organisations, and awarded scores of between 1 and 4 in a wide variety of areas.

Overall, 78 per cent of the councils performed consistently or well above the minimum requirements for value for money last year - a rise of six percentage points from 2007.

The number awarded the top mark for value for money rose to 20 councils from 11 a year earlier.

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