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MINISTER WELCOMES EXPLOSION OF 'MYTH' OVER WELSH LOCAL GOVERNMENT

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Assembly minister for local government Edwina Hart has welcomed the ...
Assembly minister for local government Edwina Hart has welcomed the publicationof independent research by the Local and Regional Government Research Unit which shows that Welsh unitary local authorities are performing at least as well as their English counterparts; and are improving their performance at a similar rate.

Mrs Hart said: 'I am pleased but not surprised by the conclusions of this research. It is my view that in Welsh local government we have a commitment to service which usually ensures that people in Wales are well served.

'I am certainly not complacent about the level of performance and neither is Welsh local government. That is why we have developed the Wales Programme for Improvement. It is a challenging and comprehensive new approach to ensure that local authorities can deliver continuously improving services and a better quality of life for people in Wales.'

She added: 'It is not sufficient that we perform as well as local government in England. Working together, the assembly and Welsh local government should have the ambition to be among the best in Europe in delivering the quality of public services that people in Wales expect.'

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The research referred to is 'A Comparison of Local Authority Performance in England and Wales' - Local and Regional Government Research Unit - Discussion Paper - 29 January 2002

The unit is based at Cardiff University. It is also leading the evaluation of the local government modernisation agenda in England.

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