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WATCHDOG PRAISES SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL

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The independent local authority watchdog, the district auditor, has praised Southampton city council for the way ke...
The independent local authority watchdog, the district auditor, has praised Southampton city council for the way key services - including education and social services - have been transferred under local government reorganisation. It also congratulates the council on several other areas of performance.

The report, presented to councils on January 5, applauds what it describes as a 'seamless' transition to unitary status in April last year.

The transferred services suffered minimal disruption, according to the report, and the council is using its new status as a unitary authority to 'address the challenge of city governance within a constrained budget in an imaginative and energetic way.'

City council leader John Arnold welcomed the findings. He said: 'The district auditor's report is further confirmation that Southampton city council is a well managed local authority.

'The achievements it lists, particularly the huge and complex task of making the seamless transition to unitary status, are a tribute to the efforts of the city council's employees.'
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