KIRKLEES Council's social services was today given the official seal of approval as Yorkshire's best.
Proud officials won a three-star rating in league tables published today by the Social Services Inspectorate.
It is the highest award in Yorkshire and a step up from the council's two-star rating last year.
Clr Sylvia Smithson, Kirklees Council's cabinet member responsible for social services, said: "Modernising and improving the whole range of social services we provide is a key priority.
"The three-star rating shows that - buil- ding on last year's creditable two-star rating - we are seen as being very much on the right lines in providing services for the most vulnerable people in our community of the highest quality and responsive to their needs."
She added: "We will always strive to get even better and will study very carefully the fine print of anything raised in the inspection report that we need to address."
Calderdale gained two stars.
Health Secretary John Reid said the ratings were driving improvements in social services.
He said: "Most councils are moving in the right direction but there is still a way to go to make sure these improvements are sustained."