Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Is Urging Last-Minute Changes to the CAA

Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Is Urging Last-Minute Changes to the CAA

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The Local Government Association is still lobbying for changes to the new inspection regime for councils just weeks before it comes into force, the associations leader has revealed.

The Comprehensive Area Assessment is due to go live in April. But, in an interview with Public Finance, I.GA chair Margaret Eaton said: 'The framework has been published but I think there's still concern about whether it actually delivers the things that have been promised... I don't think there is complete confidence that it will.'

Eaton said local authorities were concerned that the CAA was heavily based on data, which did not necessarily show 'what the service for people is like.

The LGA had raised issues about the process and needing more involvement of peers, people who can go into an authority and have a nose for what's happening as well as the data, she said.

Experienced peers from elsewhere in local government would know whether services helped their recipients. …

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