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Cardiff Council goes up again in performance rankings

Cardiff Council goes up again in performance rankings

Cardiff Council continues to improve in the annual local authority performance rankings.

Cardiff Council's performance relative to the other 21 local authorities across Wales has put Cardiff in 13thplace, four above its 17thposition in last year's rankings.

This is the second year in a row that Cardiff has moved up the rankings, which are devised by the Local Government Data Unit Wales by looking at the performance of a number of different areas including education, housing, transport, culture, modernisation, recycling and the environment.

The figures, in the Data Unit's Local Government Performance 2016-17
report, show there was an improvement in the performance of the majority of the council's indicators on last year.

Cllr Chris Weaver, Cardiff Council Cabinet Member for Finance, Modernisation and Performance, said: "This is very good news and it is pleasing to see that Cardiff Council has again moved up the table in the performance rankings."

He added: "It is particularly pleasing to see that we have improved our performance on last year in a number of areas."

He added: "Of course, we know that we cannot rest on our laurels and we know there is more to do.

"We will continue to make every effort to do our very best for our residents."

According to the Data Unit report, the performance of the majority of the Council's indicators was better than the Wales average and the majority of the indicators were in the top two quarters of performance.

Cardiff's education performance was significantly better than the all-Wales performance.

Nine of the 11 education performance Indicators improved on last year and the two that didn't improve were just fractions off.

Other areas of strength in the Cardiff Council performance include the amount of waste sent to landfill, the removal of fly-tipping within the specified time, the time taken to make Disabled Facilities Grant Adaptions and the number of visits to hubs.

Areas where Cardiff Council came very close to improving on last year include cleanliness of highways, roads in overall poor condition and the amount of waste recycled.

The Council's performance compares less favourably in areas which include the percentage of young people who leave compulsory education, training or work-based learning without an external qualification, the number of visits to local authority sports and leisure centres, the return of vacant private sector properties to use and the Council's sickness absence rates.

Council Leader Cllr Huw Thomas said: "Of course, we know there are still areas in which we need to make significant improvements.

"We have a bold vision of how we plan to continue to improve the way we deliver services which is set out in detail in Capital Ambition, our five-year plan for the city.

"And we will continue to work hard to deliver for the city's residents with bold solutions and big ideas, despite the severe budget challenge we face."