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Departmental Standards

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to her Department of conducting comprehensive performance assessments has been each year since the assessments were introduced. (255592)

The cost of the Audit Commission’s work on comprehensive performance assessment (CPA) was covered by income from fees paid by local authorities, along with grant to the Audit Commission from the Department. The cost to local authorities of Audit Commission fees was offset by the revenue support grant paid to them by the Department.

I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member directly with an estimate of the costs of conducting CPA since its introduction in 2002.

Letter from Steve Bundred, dated 23 February 2009:

Parliamentary Question: what the cost to the Department for Communities and Local Government of conducting comprehensive performance assessments has been each year since the assessments were introduced

I have been asked to follow up your Parliamentary Question on what the cost to the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) of conducting comprehensive performance assessments has been each year since the assessments were introduced, with some further information.

For local authorities, the Audit Commission's work on comprehensive performance assessment (CPA) has been funded by a mixture of direct grant from CLG and fees charged to the local authorities being assessed. For fire and rescue authorities, CPA work is wholly funded by CLG grant. I attach two schedules providing the details of this funding since the respective frameworks started.

I trust this information is helpful.

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.

Funding for CPA of local authorities

£ million

CLG grant

Inspection fees

Total

2002-03

21.7

18.7

40.4

2003-04

21.7

15.5

37.2

2004-05

20.0

14.7

34.7

2005-06

18.4

8.0

26.4

2006-07

17.8

10.8

28.6

2007-08

18.2

11.7

29.9

Funding for CPA of fire and rescue authorities

CLG grant (£ million)

2003-04

0.4

2004-05

2.8

2005-06

1.4

2006-07

1.5

2007-08

1.9

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have been employed to work on comprehensive performance assessments in each year since the assessments were introduced. (255593)

This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Steve Bundred, dated 23 February 2009:

Your Parliamentary Question on how many people have been employed to work on comprehensive performance assessments in each year since the assessments were introduced has been passed to me to reply.

I attach two schedules (one for local authorities and one for fire and rescue authorities) setting out the number of inspections and associated inspector days in connection with Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) undertaken by Audit Commission staff in each year since 2002/03. The schedules also show the number of full-time equivalent inspectors represented by the volume of inspection work in each year.

In addition, the CPA ratings for local authorities draw on the work of external auditors appointed by the Audit Commission. This use of resources assessment forms part of the external audit programme and the days spent on this element are not collected separately.

I trust this information is helpful.

A copy of this letter will be placed in Hansard.

Comprehensive Performance Assessments—local authorities

Inspection year

Single tier and county councils

District Councils

Total

FTE staff

Inspections

Days

Inspections

Days

Inspections

Days

2002/03

424

20,371

217

8,803

641

29,174

172

2003/04

417

10,746

264

21,622

681

32,368

190

2004/05

351

9,669

427

10,615

778

20,284

119

2005/06

222

7,103

358

6,539

580

13,642

80

2006/07

225

9,430

335

6,575

560

16,005

94

2007/08

242

10,147

333

7,417

575

17,564

103

2008/09

199

5,717

305

4,341

504

10,058

59

Comprehensive Performance Assessments—fire and rescue authorities

Inspection year

Fire and rescue authorities

FTE staff

Inspections

Days

2004/05

31

2,170

13

2005/06

16

1,120

7

2006/07

47

564

3

2007/08

46

552

3

2008/09

54

1,296

8