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DETR SOFTENS LINE ON DSOS

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The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions is taking a softer line against councils which have re...
The Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions is taking a softer line against councils which have reported losses in their DSOs, despite some of the worst deficits ever recorded.

The 1996-97 DSO/DLO accounts showed that 260 services had failed to meet the agreed financial target - to break even allowing for a 6% capital financing charge.

The rate of failure is lower than previous years, but the average deficit recorded in failing services has increased significantly.

Coventry City Council recorded a loss of more than£3.5 million in building maintenance, the highest loss ever recorded, and Sunderland City Council, North Tyneside MBC and Walsall MBC reported services with deficits in excess of£2m.

In March the DETR served 19 statutory notices on 15 councils asking them to explain the losses and set out how they will rectify them. Last year 52 notices were served on 36 councils.
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