Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Can Compare Their Performance On-Line

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Can Compare Their Performance On-Line

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Town hall managers are now able to take advantage of a new Audit Commission-run website, which will allow them to compare the service performance in their area with any other authority in England.

The Area Profiles website, launched by the commission on October 21, brings together in one place more than 300 items of information for every council area in England, from recycling rates to teenage pregnancy levels.

Bob Walding, director of knowledge and information at the commission, said: 'The website brings together all the data you could possibly want on a local strategic partnership. It supports some of the key things people do in their planning.'

Rowan Swan, a specialist performance information analyst who worked on the website, added that its objective was improvement, not assessment. …

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