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Discussion paper on future assessment of Local Authority services

04 September 2006

The Audit Commission has recently (4th August) published a Corporate Discussion Paper on the Assessment of Local Services Beyond 2008.

Building on experience with the current CPA process, and taking the opportunity of the introduction of a more streamlined, ‘joined-up’ inspection regime from 2008, this paper sets out key areas for discussion. These include:

  • Encouraging a balance between national priorities and the needs of local communities
  • Recognising the need for a more area based approach, taking account of the increase in partnership working and not focussing solely on the Local Authority (with links to Local Area Agreements and Local Strategic Partnerships)
  • Shifting the emphasis towards self and peer assessment, especially for stronger performing Authorities, whilst ensuring robust protection for vulnerable groups
  • Further emphasis on value for money

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The full report is available online by visiting: 

For further information on MLA North West’s work with local government please contact:

Chris Chadwick, Head of Development:
T: 01925 625053

Alan Boughey, Libraries Development Officer:
T: 01925 625063

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