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Cash clues are given to boost services; BROMSGROVE.

COUNCIL chiefs from across the country gathered in Bromsgrove to find out how they can make the most of taxpayers' cash and use it to boost frontline public services.

Worcestershire County Council played host to Local Government Minister Phil Woolas at the West Midlands Regional Centre of Excellence conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Bromsgrove.

Mr Woolas took the opportunity to urge councils to manage their finances efficiently, concentrating on important day-to-day public services.

Coun Rob Sykes, chief executive of the county council, said: "The Minister's talk was very interesting.

"The most pleasing aspect was that a number of things the Government wants councils to do are already part and parcel of our strategic outlook in the West Midlands Centre of Excellence.

"Our aim is to ensure spending is targeted, not spread around pepper-pot fashion."

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CONFERENCE CALL... Rob Sykes (left) welcomes Sue Reid from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Phil Woolas, MP and Minister for Local Government.
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Date:Apr 3, 2006
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