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Local Authorities: Cost Effectiveness

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the value for money scores assigned to each local authority by the Audit Commission in its most recent comprehensive performance assessments. (189552)

The Audit Commission's tailored frameworks for CPA cover single tier and county councils, district councils and fire and rescue authorities. The frameworks pull together a range of information in an objective and comparable way to reach an overall judgment on a council's or fire and rescue authority's performance, and have four common components:

corporate assessments;

use of resources assessments;

service assessments; and

direction of travel assessments.

Value for money is reported on as one of the themes under the use of resources assessment, and the VFM scores assigned to each local authority in the comprehensive performance assessments are all publicly available on the Audit Commission's website at