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CONSULTATION LAUNCHED ON USE OF RESOURCES ASSESSMENT

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Councils are being invited to give their views on the Audit Commission's plans to revise the use of resources asses...
Councils are being invited to give their views on the Audit Commission's plans to revise the use of resources assessment, which is conducted annually for all types of councils. For single tier and county councils the assessment feeds directly into their Comprehensive Performance Assessment results.

A consultation document outlining the proposed revisions to the assessment can be viewed here.

The use of resources assessment looks at how well a council manages its finances and delivers value for money. The Audit Commission is undertaking a review of the assessment to refine the methodology in light of feedback from stakeholders, and changes in legislation or professional guidance. The Audit Commission wants to ensure that it is 'reasonable and achievable' without introducing major changes.

Use of resources assessments were first carried out at single tier and county councils in summer 2005 with judgements published in December 2005. For district councils, the assessments were carried out recently and judgements will be published in May 2006.

The consultation period ends on 17 March 2006.

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