Magazine article Public Finance

District Councils Promised Light-Touch Inspection

Magazine article Public Finance

District Councils Promised Light-Touch Inspection

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A new, more streamlined inspection regime for district councils will release them from many of the burdens of regulation, the Audit Commission said last week.

The commission promised a more targeted approach as it launched the new Comprehensive Performance Assessment Framework for district councils.

The changes follow a ninemonth consultation period and mean district councils will be reassessed through a corporate assessment only if there is evidence of a change in performance.

A council will be able to request a corporate assessment if it can demonstrate significant improvement. Similarly, the Audit Commission will be able to impose a corporate assessment on councils that have shown a slide in performance.

Corporate assessment decisions will be made by a panel of commission staff from within and outside the region and a representative from a peer council. …

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