During a visit to the area, the minister saw a number of innovative facilities providing key services to communities. These include the council's ambitious CREATIS project, which is providing an internet infrastructure for schools, libraries and community centres throughout West Lothian.
Speaking at Broxburn Academy, Mr McLeish said:
'West Lothian Council are showing a clear commitment to improving the quality of their services, and I have seen their creative approach at first hand today. This has led to considerable improvements in front-line housing services in Broxburn and the regeneration of Kirkhill.
'Projects like these show the real benefit best value can bring when councils work effectively with private companies, central government and local people. West Lothian have made a good start in delivering this policy and I hope other councils will use the same imagination in tailoring quality services to the people that need them.'