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COUNCILS TO EXCEED EFFICIENCY TARGETS

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Councils in England are set to exceed their efficiency targets, local government minister Phil Woolas has declared....
Councils in England are set to exceed their efficiency targets, local government minister Phil Woolas has declared.

Mr Woolas' comments were based on councils' mid-year update statements, published today.

They reveal that councils are well on the way to delivering a further£1.3bn worth of efficiency gains this financial year.

And councils remain on course to exceed the chancellor's target of£3bn worth of gains by 2007/08.

Mr Woolas said: 'We share the vision of local authorities that will see even greater gains come through more effective procurement, business process improvement, collaboration, and better use of new technology.'

'Based on the way councils have driven forward this agenda to date, I am confident that they will deliver this vision in meeting the tougher targets that will be part of next year's comprehensive spending review.'

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