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WELSH SERVICE GAP PROMPTS WARNING

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The wide variation in performance between Welsh councils revealed by the Audit Commission is 'deeply worrying' acco...
The wide variation in performance between Welsh councils revealed by the Audit Commission is 'deeply worrying' according to the leader of the Welsh Local Government Association.

WLGA leader Sir Harry Jones said the deterioration in the level of some services revealed last week (LGC, 26 May) could lead to a decline in living standards.

'Welsh councils have prioritised and protected their educational expenditure. As a result, there was a 10% real cut in all non-educational expenditure,' Sir Harry said.

'There is a continuation in the long-term trend of cuts in leisure, transport, street lighting and environment. When this leads to a lower quality of life, then our health will deteriorate and investment in our economy will diminish.'

Welsh Assembly local government secretary Peter Law said Welsh councils had improved performance in many areas, but there were signs of decline elsewhere.

'Most worrying is the variation in performance between authorities in Wales. All people, no matter where they live, should expect to receive the services achieved by the best providers in Wales,' he said.

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