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Over 850 new homes were built in Barnsley in 2016-17. 18 percent of these new homes are affordable housing, helping local people into home occupancy and ownership.

These figures come from Barnsley Council’s 2016-17 end of year performance report. The report, published today, shows the progress the council made towards their three priorities. It also identifies areas for improvement.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, Cabinet spokesperson for Corporate Services, said: “This report highlights some outstanding areas of performance. We said we’d achieve more and better housing, and these figures show we’re delivering on that promise.

“There’s more work to do, and we have challenges ahead, but this report shows how hard we’re working to make Barnsley a better place to work and live.”

The council is creating a vibrant and thriving economy with 43 businesses relocating to Barnsley since April 2016. Business investment into Barnsley in the last financial year was over £28 million. The council also supported 196 businesses to expand.

The council is working with local partners to improve the quality of early years and childcare settings, which helps children to achieve their full potential in life.  This has contributed to Ofsted rating 95 per cent of pre-school settings either good or outstanding – above the national and regional averages. The council will continue to work with the Barnsley Alliance to improve our primary and secondary schools.

The council’s Cabinet will review the end of year performance report on Wednesday 14 June 2017. People can view the full report online at www.barnsley.gov.uk/performance.