CPA – The harder test 2006: Guide to service assessments for single tier and county councils
CPA – the harder test framework for 2006: Consultation analysis for single tier and county councils
The removal of the previous protection for the Culture score is confirmed, with the effect of increasing the importance of Culture for the overall assessment of Local Authorities. The weighting for Performance Indicators is increased, whilst that for Inspections is decreased, making the following changes to the Performance Indicators for our sector all the more important.
A number of new Performance Indicators have been included for the Culture, which includes museums, libraries and archives, together with arts and sports services. Significantly for our sector, Museum Accreditation has been confirmed as a performance indicator for CPA assessments. MLA has produced a guidance note on this, which is attached. Further information on Museum Accreditation is available on the MLA North web site at https://mlanorthwest.org.uk/museumslibrariesarchives/museums/index.asp?id=283,275,11,275
For public libraries, the proposed Impact Standards have not been included. Your attention is also drawn to comments in the Guide document, indicating the intention to raise the thresholds for a number of the Public Library Standards indicators concerning:
The provision of People’s Network terminals;
Requests supply times;
Annual items added to stock;
Time taken to replenish lending stock
The Consultation document includes many interesting references to the development of the Culture Block within CPA. Whilst the broadened range of Indicators has been welcomed, they attracted some concerns on the grounds of not fully reflecting the range of Authority’s cultural provision (especially arts, parks and theatres), and of the use of relatively untested Indicators.