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House of Lords written question – answered on 27th October 2009.

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Photo of Lord Smith of Leigh Lord Smith of Leigh Labour

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.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (also in Department for Work and Pensions), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

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.

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