Skip to main content

Northampton Borough Council

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will publish the results of the Audit Commission Inspection report of Northampton borough council’s housing department. (95664)

The Audit Commission publishes inspection reports independently of my Department. As this is an operational matter for the Commission, I shall ask the chief executive to write to the hon. Member and the answer will be made available in the Library of the House.

Letter from Steve Bundred, dated 24 October 2006:

Your parliamentary question on the results of the Audit Commission’s inspection report of Northampton Borough Council’s housing department has been passed to me for reply.

The Commission’s recent work with Northampton Borough Council’s housing department was a progress check rather than a full inspection. Therefore, the Commission will not publish its findings as a stand-alone public inspection report. It will, of course, formally report the findings to the Council.

The Commission is currently carrying out an assessment of Northampton Borough Council’s progress in addressing all its key improvement priorities. A full report of the findings from this wider progress assessment will include a summary of the Council’s progress in improving its housing services. The Commission will publish the full report in the New Year.

I am copying this to Phil Woolas at DCLG and a copy will also be placed in the House of Commons Library.