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Shadow Communities Secretary Sees Worth of Oneplace

Magazine article Public Finance

Shadow Communities Secretary Sees Worth of Oneplace

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Shadow communities secretary Caroline Spelman has tentatively backed the Audit Commission's new website containing council performance data.

Her comments came in a week when the local authority regulator came under fire for its Comprehensive Area Assessment inspection regime, and separately for a study it commissioned from a political consultancy firm.

Speaking at the launch of a report on the CAA by the Localis think-tank, Spelman said: '[The Oneplace website] is a fairly simplified tool, it costs a lot less than CAA, but I think it's an indication by the Audit Commission that they're looking at other ways of providing helpful measuring without this invasive, burdensome, disproportionateto-risk system we have.

'It's worth looking at'

She highlighted the site's use of publicly available data to compare councils and its focus on locally agreed strategic priorities.

But she called for the CAA, whose assessments provide much of the data published on Oneplace, to be dismantled. …

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