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.