Fewer inspections for some councils

Councils are to see a reduction in the inspections they face
following an announcement last week by the Local Services
Inspectorate Forum.

The number of days inspectors will spend in councils will fall by
around a third this year compared with last year and by around a
half compared with 2001-2.

The best performing councils will be inspected the least, with
those rated as “excellent” in the comprehensive performance
assessment receiving a much reduced number of visits. Inspectors’
focus will be on those councils and services where most improvement
is needed.

“Excellent” councils will also be exempt from having to produce any
major service plans, and the number of separate plans and
strategies that councils are required to produce for central
government generally is to be reduced over the next two

– Go to www.audit-commission.gov.uk/cpa/solidlsif.asp 

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