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Town Halls Are Beating Their Efficiency Targets

Magazine article Public Finance

Town Halls Are Beating Their Efficiency Targets

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Town halls have been praised for exceeding their efficiency savings targets over the past three years. Local government minister John Healey said councils were well placed to cope with a slowing economy.

Figures published by the Department for Communities and I ,ocal Government on September 30 showed town halls had made efficiency savings of E3.45bn in the last Comprehensive Spending Review period.

This means £500m will be discounted from the target for the next three years, which now stands at £4.9bn. The top ten councils saving the most included Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield city councils and Suffolk, Kent and Lancashire county councils.

Healey said: 'Councils should be praised for making efficiency savings that have exceeded expectations. This is an excellent achievement, and one that will stand them in good stead in this global economic downturn, where obtaining value for money is more important than ever. …

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