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Best Value Performance Indicators

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) for what reason her Department decided to delete Best Value Performance Indicator 180, on energy consumption; (111945)

(2) how many Best Value Performance Indicators were collected in total in each year since the introduction of Best Value; and how many will be collected for 2006-07;

(3) what assessment she has made of the accuracy of Best Value Performance Indicator 202, on rough sleeping, as an indicator of the actual level of rough sleeping.

The information requested is as follows:

Best Value Performance Indicator 180

Best Value Performance Indicator 180 was deleted with effect from 1 April 2005 as a result of difficulties in the development of guidance that would enable authorities to produce robust and reliable data. However, most of the information is provided by local authorities through Property Performance Indicator 4, which is one of a number of performance indicators used to report management of local authority capital assets In the 2006 Climate Change Programme and the Local Government White Paper the Government made a commitment that the post 2008 performance framework will include an appropriate focus on climate change.

Collection of Best Value Performance Indicators

Details about the number of Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs) that have been collected since the introduction of Best Value is available on the Department’s website: http://www.communities.gov.uk/index.asp?id=1136106. A total of 90 BVPIs will be collected in 2006-07.

Best Value Performance Indicator 220

Local authority returns on Best Value Performance Indicator 202 (BV202) are based on the results of recent rough sleeping counts or, in areas where a count has not taken place, locally informed estimates. Local authorities are expected to submit their returns in accordance with BVPI guidance which replicates my Department’s published guidance on how and when a rough sleeping count should take place. This guidance was developed in association with the voluntary sector and independent evaluation has consistently shown it to be the most effective method for evaluating the changing levels of people sleeping rough.