HAMPSHIRE County Council has been praised by its cabinet members for the strong performance it has shown in 2014.
Cabinet members were presented with the results of work done across the county in 2014.
Areas of priority include delivering high-quality and cost-effective public services, protecting the environment, and general health and wellbeing.
The 97 per cent achievement rate of parents being allocated a primary school in their top three was cited as a performance highlight for the council.
And thanks to the £3m funding from the council for school kitchens, 60,000 hot lunches are now served each day to school children.
Savings of £2m a year have been made due to a reduction in council office space, and 21,000 homes and businesses now have access to faster internet.
The council says that this is an achievement especially with its stretched finances across the public sector.
Council leader Roy Perry said: ‘These achievements have involved a great deal of hard work across the county council.’