Local Government: Standards

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Julia Goldsworthy Julia Goldsworthy Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the cost to local authorities of reporting on their performance against (a) negotiated area targets and (b) national indicators.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (Yorkshire and the Humber), Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination); (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

We do not hold this information. However, over the last year Communities and Local Government has undertaken reviews of the national indicator set and the local area agreement process to assess the impact of the local performance framework on local authorities and their partners. These reviews have been used to inform commitments in the recent "Putting the Front Line First: Smarter Government" White Paper. Specific commitments include removing indicators that are no longer relevant or needed by April 2010 and reducing the overall number of national indicators against which local authorities will have to report their performance for the next spending period. The White Paper also invited the current Total Place pilots to provide information on the costs of assessment and inspection to inform the Smarter Government workstreams. A report on the pilots will be published alongside Budget 2010.

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