NEWS IN BRIEF: More than one-third of councils ...

More than one-third of councils ranked as "poor" or "weak" in 2002's comprehensive performance assessment figures have moved up a category in this year's report. The figures for unitary and county councils, published by the Audit Commission this week, reveal a marked improvement, with the most rapid progress made among the worst authorities. Almost 55 per cent of all councils are now classified as "good" or "excellent", the report reveals. Comprehensive Performance Assessment: Scores and Analysis of Performance for Single-Tier and County Councils is available from Audit Commission Publications (tel) 0800 502030.

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