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Local Authorities: Standards

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to best value performance indicators in the last three years in relation to recording and measuring user satisfaction with local authorities. (176165)

Within the set of best value performance indicators, there are currently 12 indicators that are used to measure resident and user satisfaction. There were no changes to these best value performance indicators between 2003 and 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Electoral Commission's proposed 13 performance indicators for local authority electoral registration departments will be in addition to the new 198 performance indicators for local authorities. (176200)

The 198 national indicators announced on 11 October will be the only ones against which central Government will require local government, working on its own or in partnership, to report. The Electoral Commission is independent of central Government and has statutory powers to set performance standards for electoral registration officers and has consulted on a number of possible indicators on electoral registration which would be in addition to the Government's 198 national indicators.

The Government are committed to reducing the performance reporting and data collection burdens faced by local authorities. We will be working with the Electoral Commission as their proposals are developed and implemented to see how the exercise of the Commission's statutory powers could best be aligned with the Government's wider aims in this respect.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for publishing (a) draft and (b) final best value performance indicator data for each local authority for 2006-07. (176746)

Each local authority is required to publish data on its performance against best value performance indicators (BVPIs) as part of its best value performance plan (BVPP). Outturn data for 2006-07 were included in 2007-08 BVPPs, which authorities were required to publish by 30 June 2007. BVPI data published in BVPPs are audited by the Audit Commission, which makes the final audited data available on its website. Audited data for 2006-07 were published at on 11 December 2007.