AM praises top performing Monmouthshire council

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has praised the Conservative-led Monmouthshire County Council as figures released in a recent report revealed Monmouthshire again ranking as one of Wales’ top performing councils.

Wales’ six worst-performing local authorities, listed in the 2013-14 Local Authority Services Performance Publication, are all led by Labour. These are Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Neath, Port Talbot, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Torfaen. The figures were based on performance standards in social care, leisure, roads and housing.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Ramsay said:

“Monmouthshire County Council has once again done well to rank as one of Wales’ top performing councils, despite consistently receiving one of the worst budget settlements from the Welsh Government.

“The figures in this report also make it clear that collaboration through shared best practice, as opposed to forced mergers, is the best way to drive up standards. Shamefully, many people in Labour-run council areas are having to put up with substandard services but thankfully in Monmouthshire this is not the case.”

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