Four stars for county council

DEVON County Council has been awarded a four-star rating by the Audit Commission. Independent inspectors called the authority an excellent council" and said that it was improving well". The four-star rating the top mark possible was awarded as part

DEVON County Council has been awarded a four-star rating by the Audit Commission.Independent inspectors called the authority an "excellent council" and said that it was "improving well".The four-star rating - the top mark possible - was awarded as part of regular Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) inspection looking at the full range of council services including those for children, older people and environmental services.The council was judged to have shown continued improvement over the past year, while demonstrating overall value for money.Council leader Brian Greenslade said: "This just goes to show what a stable, strong and well-focussed council can achieve for Devon."We are deeply committed to constantly improving and developing our services and to getting the very best value we can for local council tax payers."Chief executive Phil Norrey said the rating was the result of the continued hard work and commitment of the staff of the county council. He said: "At a time of great uncertainty over the future of local government in Devon, it would have been all too easy to lose our focus on improving services. "Devon residents expect and deserve the best from us and I hope that the four star rating provides the real evidence that this continues to be our number one priority.


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