NEEDY applicants are having a shorter wait for their housing benefit, it was claimed today.
Kirklees Council announced there had been a "significant improvement" in the time taken to deal with claims.
Officials said it was another milestone in the fight to turn around the troubled revenue and benefits service.
Last year, a Government minister ordered that steps had to be taken to clear the backlog - or strong action would be taken.
The council said today that all incoming work is being considered within five working days - but people failing to provide the correct evidence are affecting processing times.
New claims for housing benefit and council tax benefit received since April are taking about 33 days on average to process.
Benefits customers reporting changes in circumstances are having their change processed in 15 days.
Clr Gordon Beever, council cabinet member who deals with finance, said the dramatic improvement in the service performance was evidence of the hard work and dedication from staff and the extra investment that the council had put into the service.
"We aim to continue to improve our performance figures to provide a level of service that our customers deserve and of which we in the service can be proud, " he said.
Clr Ken Smith, the council Labour group deputy leader, said: "More than £2.5m has been invested in the revenue and benefits service but sadly the public are still getting a worse service than three years ago when Labour lost control of Kirklees Council.
"There is not much to celebrate and far too early to claim any success."
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