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News - 22 March 2009
Cllr. Mary Mears

City Council gets top rating

Brighton & Hove City Council has gained a top four-star rating from the government’s Audit Commission for the first time in its history.

Four stars is the highest rating given by the Continous Performance Assessment (CPA) of the council for last year says it is "performing strongly" and "improving well". All areas assessed are performing well, with the housing and council tax benefits services gaining the highest achievable score for the first time.

The Audit Commission notes that the council is delivering improvements in key areas, particularly in social care, economic development and getting more people using public transport. The commission has upgraded its rating of the council’s financial management.

It has also praised work around improving recycling and waste disposal services, and meeting housing need, accommodating homeless people and supporting improvement of private sector housing.

Council leader Mary Mears said: “I’m delighted that the Audit Commission has recognised the excellent work being undertaken. They have seen that we have successfully targeted high cost services and provide value for money in the majority of our services. We have more to do, however, to continue to provide high quality and lower cost services that the city needs.”


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