Audit Commission report says Lichfield District Council is performing well

lichfielddistrictcouncilLichfield District Council has been judged to be performing well by an Audit Commission report.

The assessment looked at whether organisations are using their resources effectively and providing good value for money. It grades local authorities on a four point scale: one means poor, two means adequate, three means performing well and four means excellent.

Lichfield District Council scored two on use of resources, governing the business and managing resources, and earned a mark of three on managing performance and managing finances. An overall score of three was awarded to the Council.

The report said:

“Lichfield District Council performs well overall. It is tackling well issues that local people think are priorities. Councillors provide a clear sense of direction and there is clear political leadership and accountability. The Council has saved money and used it to improve services.

“However, the economic situation has meant that the Council has found it difficult to find enough affordable housing for people on low incomes. It is developing other ways of making low-cost housing available through working with other partners, particularly housing associations.”

Councillor David S Smith, Leader of the Council, said:

“We’re delighted to have been found to be performing well. This means that we are continuing to improve, and I would like to congratulate both officers and councillors on a fantastic result. It confirms that we’re achieving results for our residents and business, and that we’re on track to deliver even more improvements in the future.

“I was pleased that the assessment found that we’re dealing well with issues that local people think are priorities – such as tackling anti-social behaviour, recycling, and helping businesses to succeed despite the economic climate. It also noted that councillors provide a clear sense of direction, and that there is clear political leadership and accountability.”

To see a full list of all the results visit www.direct.gov.uk/oneplace.

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