¿LANCASHIRE County Council has been praised for its work to tackle the effects of the recession.
An Audit Commission report gave LCC three out of four stars and said: "The Council is taking a lead on helping local people and businesses to cope with the effects of the recession and is planning ahead to combat climate change.
"The Council is good at managing its money and is making efficiency savings."
It is working effectively with the police to reduce crime and make the roads safer, school and college results are mostly above average, and services for older people are excellent.
County council leader Geoff Driver said: "Residents quite rightly expect us to deliver the best possible services for Lancashire. These results show that we're among the strongest performing councils in the country and that we’re delivering good services.
"This is generally a good report for the county council, but we know that there are still areas where we can improve, such as our support for vulnerable children and young people.
"That is why we have already made decisions to redirect money and time in this and other areas."