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Herts marked "good" in audit report

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Herts was marked high on education

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Hertfordshire County Council has been rated "good" by an Audit Commission report into local authority services.

Overall, English councils were measured from one to five with five standing for ‘excellent’. Hertfordshire’s overall score was four.

The local authorities were also judged on ten individual categories and marked from one to four, with four being the best result.

Hertfordshire was marked high for its education and housing provision but low in the environment category.

Fly tipping in Bradmore Lane
Fly tipping in Bradmore Lane
Herts was marked low on the environment

Camera courtesy of Fujifilm
The environment category includes planning, local transport, highways, waste management, street cleansing, refuse collection, recycling, local environmental pollution, food safety and environmental health.

Education looks at policy, delivery and performance and local initiatives to improve standards.

Housing is marked on whether there is sufficient housing stock and how the resources are managed.

The full table of results for England can be found at BBC News Online.

The Hertfordshire score is as follows ...

Education = 4
Care, adult = 2
Care, child = 3
Leisure = 2
Environment = 1
Housing = 4
Resource use = 3
Benefits = 2
Core service = 3
Ability = 3

Bedfordshire was the only local authority in the Easter District marked as "poor". Cambridge, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk and Suffolk were marked as "good" with Peterborough, Southend-on-sea and Thurrock being marked as "fair".

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December 12, 2002

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