Magazine article Public Finance

Audit Commission to Extend Self-Assessment

Magazine article Public Finance

Audit Commission to Extend Self-Assessment

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The Audit Commission is extending self-assessment to cover housing, environment and cultural services as part of its move towards a less onerous regulation policy.

This is intended to focus councils' attention on services and make them analyse their activities rigorously. It also means that service heads will have just weeks to prepare their department's work ahead of inspections.

The changes, which are set out in the commission's Approach to service inspections, also include new key lines of enquiry focused on outcomes and value for money.

Inspectors will judge how well councils and housing associations are assessing and responding to the needs of the communities they serve; and how well housing providers address equality and diversity issues and value for money.

A second judgement will focus on the track record of improvement, management arrangements and the capacity to improve services for the benefit of users. …

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