Magazine article Public Finance

DCLG Says Harsh PSA Rules Made It Miss Its Targets

Magazine article Public Finance

DCLG Says Harsh PSA Rules Made It Miss Its Targets

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The permanent secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government has defended the departments performance despite its failure to meet most of its Public Service Agreement targets.

Speaking to MPs on the communities and local government select committee on October 13, Peter Housden said the rules within each PSA had been challenging and a closer look showed performance was not as bad as it seemed.

'If you look at our targets across the piece, 65% of those sub-targets were met, on course or ahead, so pretty good. You can actually see some very substantial achievements,' he said.

He said a good example of the strict rules within PSAs was that a target on ministerial casework required 100% of cases to be completed within 16 weeks. Out of 530 cases, one was not completed within the time frame - meaning the target was not met

Out of the nine PSAs from the 2004 Spending Review, the department was on course to meet only the housing supply and local government targets, according to its annual report. …

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