DENBIGHSHIRE has topped the league table of best performing councils in Wales for the third year running.
Figures released by the Local Government Data Unit show Denbighshire Council performed in the top half of councils for more of the national indicators than any other authority - 22 out of 30.
Denbighshire also performed in the top quarter of councils for more indicators than any other council (17 out of 30) and performed in the bottom quarter of councils for fewer indicators than anyone else (4 out of 30).
It was also the best performing council in Wales on issues such as preventing homelessness and recycling.
Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, leader of Denbighshire, said: "The findings clearly show that Denbighshire continues to perform extremely well, despite the challenges it faces in the current economic climate.
"We want to make sure that vital services are protected and are delivered to the best of our ability and today's news shows clearly we are on the right path.
"We have clear priorities here in Denbighshire and putting the customer at the heart of what we do is key. Our aim is to work to provide even better services in future and work by working with community groups and partnership organisations to enhance the quality of life for residents."
Dr Mohammed Mehmet, chief executive of Denbighshire, said: "I would like to commend staff and councillors for working together to provide the best service for the people of Denbighshire. We are part of a forward thinking organisation that aims to provide the best service it can possibly offer.
"Indicators like these form only a small part of the picture. What's really important is the quality of service that residents receive from the council."