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Welsh performance improves

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Welsh councils have improved their performance despite worsening finances, according to the country’s Local Government Data Unit.

Its report for 2007/08 showed performance had improved for 131 of the 183 indicators, fractionally less the level achieved the previous year.

The Bulletin on council services showed that five per cent less rubbish is going to landfill and three per cent more is being recycled together with a 44% reduction in the

number of homeless families with children living in bed and breakfast accomodation.

Derek Vaughan (Lab), deputy leader of the Welsh Local Government Association said:

“Despite growing public and national expectation, and an increasingly challenging financial climate, local government continues to deliver service improvements.”

He warned that improvement this year would be “a challenge given the below-inflation settlement and increasing energy and fuel costs”.

Local government minister Brian Gibbons congratulated councils but urged them to iron out stark differences in standards.

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