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Comprehensive Area Assessments

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if comprehensive area assessments will have (a) value for money measures, (b) annual league tables and (c) star or numerically graded ratings. (114827)

The new comprehensive area assessment will include a scored judgment on the use of resources drawn from the annual audit of local authorities, which will include a judgment on value for money. A scored judgment on the direction of travel, which assesses the effectiveness of each local authority in driving continuous improvement will continue to be published. Both of these scored judgments will enable comparability between areas, as will the annual publication of performance against the single set of national indicators.