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Pembrokeshire County Council has been ranked joint 14th out of the 22 local authorities in Wales when it comes to providing local services, according to a report released today (Wednesday).

The report, ‘Local Government Performance 2016-17', looks at a range of local authority services throughout the whole of Wales. It is based on data gathered by the Local Government Data Unit Wales.

Last year the Council was placed second.

Council Leader David Simpson urged caution when comparing the performance between the two years.

"It is worth noting that the methodology used to calculate the rankings was based on the assessment of 40 indicators last year, but only 25 this year" said Councillor Simpson.

"For instance, this year no social care indicators have been included - an area where we performed exceptionally well last year.

"The Data Unit themselves point out that the absence of these particular indicators does not provide a complete picture of performance in 2016-17."

He added that the report provided a useful benchmark from which the Council's new administration and Cabinet could build on in the future.

Categories where Pembrokeshire rated highly included the level of cleanliness of highways and relevant land and the number of visits to sport and leisure facilities per 1,000 population.

Indicators where the Council did not fare well were the percentage of adults who hold concessionary bus fares and the percentage of municipal waste sent to landfill.

More information on the data can be found at: http://www.dataunitwales.gov.uk/ and http://www.mylocalcouncil.info/

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