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Worst councils with taxpayers' money

PUBLISHED: 10:16 05 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:01 21 May 2010

WAVENEY is one of three of the region's councils that have been slated as the worst in the country for how they handle their money.

Norwich, Yarmouth and Waveney have been ranked at the bottom of all 388 councils in the country by the government body which keeps tabs on the local authorities.

WAVENEY is one of three of the region's councils that have been slated as the worst in the country for how they handle their money.

Norwich, Yarmouth and Waveney have been ranked at the bottom of all 388 councils in the country by the government body which keeps tabs on the local authorities. The three are joint worst alongside Mid Devon - which makes East Anglia the worst region in the country at spending taxpayers' money.

The findings have been published by the Audit Commission, which has studied how councils used their resources in the last financial year and given them all a score from one to four.

Just 10 across the country have got one, the worst score, which means "below minimum requirements, inadequate performance". The rankings are broken down into five areas. The four worst councils get a rating of one in four of the areas and manage a two, meaning adequate, in the fifth. All the other 384 councils in the country were rated as at least adequate in at least two areas.

Mark Wallace, campaign director of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: "Taxpayers will be disgusted to find these three councils are taking such poor care of their money. These findings are damning and the councils involved should be ashamed of themselves."

The councils had already been presented with a damning annual governance report by the Audit Commission but only now has it been revealed that they are in the bottom four in the country. At Waveney, the problems had already led to the departure of chief executive Glen Garrod in December.

Waveney MP Bob Blizzard said: "This is outrageous. This is seriously bad. There is no council in the country that has got a worse rating."

All three councils pointed out that the findings only ran up to March last year, and that improvements had been made since then,

Waveney District Council leader Mark Bee said: "We have accepted the challenge that this report provides… With the help of senior-level changes and improvement consultants and our new interim chief executive, we are far more optimistic about the year ahead."

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