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ADLO REFUTES MINISTER'S CLAIMS ON LOSS MAKING DSOs

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Environment minister Paul Beresford's 'attempt this week to paint a gloomy picture with regard to local authority d...
Environment minister Paul Beresford's 'attempt this week to paint a gloomy picture with regard to local authority direct services organisations' failure to meet financial targets' has been refuted by the Association of Direct Labour Organisations.

Figures provided in a parliamentary answer show that an increasing proportion of DSOs are actually meeting their financial targets. In fact the number of DSOs which are failing to meet financial targets has fallen by around 13%.

ADLO director John Roberts said: 'Once again the facts contradict Paul Beresford's rhetoric. Instead of attacking DSO's performance he should be congratulating them on their increasingly successful efforts to meet government imposed financial targets.

'Sir Paul needs to recognise that encouragement rather than condemnation should be the approach of a responsible government minister who wishes to see successful local government.'

Proportion of English DSOs failing to meet their rate of return requirements:

1990/91 14.8%

1991/92 14.2%

1992/93 14.5%

1993/94 13.6%

1994/95 13.0%.

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