The provisional results of a survey carried out by the Welsh Local Government Association and the Welsh Assembly government reveal efficiency savings of nearly£85m against a target of£45m.
'This is great news for local government in Wales. In no other area of the Welsh public sector has the efficiency and collaborative agenda been grasped with such drive and I'm confident that our progress won't stop here.
'We have embraced collaboration and joint working not because it is fashionable or because we need to appease central government, but because it is the right thing to do.
'Last year, local government was given an efficiency target of£45m but instead we have reached£80m. This has been achieved through internal efficiency programmes, innovation, better procurement and local and sub-regional joint working.'