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Public Services: Staff

Volume 713: debated on Tuesday 27 October 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the efficacy, level of value for money and effects on the time of staff of local public services of comprehensive area assessments in the current economic circumstances. [HL5700]

It is too early to have made any in-depth assessment of the new comprehensive area assessment (CAA), since it was only introduced on 1 April 2009. The first CAA reports are expected to be published on 10 December 2009.

The Audit Commission, on behalf of the joint inspectorates responsible for CAA, has commissioned an independent evaluation of CAA. The report on the first phase of the evaluation is expected to be completed by the spring so that it can inform the second year of the assessment.