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Leicestershire ranked top council for productivity
Leicestershire County Council has been ranked the number one council for productivity in a national league table, produced by consultants iMPOWER.
The iMPOWER iNDEX, which helps local authorities understand their performance in a new way, looked at whether councils are getting value for money across a range of areas including overall performance, adult social care and children’s services such as fostering placements.
The iNDEX defines productivity as outcome value per pound spent, with each council receiving a score and ranked accordingly.
The top 10 list of the most productive councils in the country includes: Leicestershire, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Tyneside, North Lincolnshire, Wigan, Bath & NE Somerset, Derbyshire, Warrington, Gloucestershire and Bradford.
Byron Rhodes, Leicestershire County Council’s deputy leader, said: “I’m very proud to see that our hard work is recognised in this national league table. As the lowest funded county council it’s vital that we make the most of every pound we spend. Driving up productivity and reducing wasted effort is one of our top priorities. Just yesterday, we agreed a new strategic plan focusing on outcomes, underlining the commitment of our members and staff. But the challenge gets harder each year, as demand on our services grow and we face even tougher decisions.”