KIRKLEES Council today won a three-star rating for its social services.
It's the second year in a row that the top status has been awarded after inspections.
In the star ratings released nationwide, the Government has judged the overall performance of 150 social services departments.
Only 16 achieved the maximum rating of three stars - and Kirklees was the only one in Yorkshire.
Clr Dennis Hullock, the council's Cabinet member for health and social services, today congratulated the hundreds of staff who work in social services.
He said: "They are the unsung heroes and heroines who go about their work diligently, professionally, sensitively and in a very caring way.
"Their efforts are rarely publicly acknowledged. They, their supervisors, managers and senior management of the service deserve the credit for keeping Kirklees social services at the top of the tree."
Philip Cotterill, the council's director of social affairs and health, said no-one would rest on their laurels.
"Our care services and staff deal with thousands and thousands of cases.
"There is always room for improvement and we will continue to work to get even better," he said.
The three-star rating follows reviews by the Government's Social Services Inspectorate.
It says that across all services most people are served well and the prospects for further improvement are excellent.