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FRUGAL WELSH COUNCILS EXCEED SAVINGS TARGET

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Welsh councils are far exceeding the Welsh Assembly government's target for delivering efficiency savings, almost d...
Welsh councils are far exceeding the Welsh Assembly government's target for delivering efficiency savings, almost doubling their target for 2005-2006.

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.

Announcing these savings at the Assembly government's leaders' conference in Swansea, Derek Vaughan, WLGA leader, said:

'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.'

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