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Local Authorities: Standards

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what targets her Department sets for local authorities, including under the public service agreement, local area agreement and best value performance indicator regimes, in relation to the (a) number of benefit awards and (b) number of unclaimed benefits. (157683)

Neither Communities and Local Government nor the Department for Work and Pensions sets targets for local authorities on the number of benefit awards and the number of unclaimed benefits. Local authorities may, if they wish, include targets on these issues in their local area agreements (including for reward) which are agreed with central Government.