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CPA METHODOLOGY FOR MEASURING USE OF RESOURCES

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The Audit Commission has issued methodology for measuring use of resources as part of comprehensive performance ass...
The Audit Commission has issued methodology for measuring use of resources as part of comprehensive performance assessment. This will explain how efficiency statements feed in to CPA.

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The Use of Resources Key Lines of Enquiry - sets out the areas covered by the assessment in detail. They include the standards expected for different levels of performance.

An Audit Commission spokesman said today:

'Value for money and the proper use of public funds are the key aspects

of the revised Use of Resources framework. Under the new framework

councils will receive a scored judgement on its track record in managing

its finances and providing value for money services for residents.

'As well as a new judgement about value for money, the assessment is

combined with four other aspects: financial reporting, financial

management, financial standing and internal control, to provide a Use of

Resources judgement that will contribute to single tier and county

councils' overall CPA rating.

'The new approach to this assessment will be challenging for many

councils. To do well, councils will need to demonstrate sound financial

management and plan well ahead to make sure that resources are directed

to priority areas. However the outcome for local authorities and their

communities will be a greater focus on the importance of striving for

the highest standards in the use of public money.

'The results will be published annually for all 150 single tier and

county councils. District councils will also undergo the same process

and we will publish their first assessment in March 2006 as part of the

annual audit and inspection letter. Consideration of what happens from

2006/07 will form part of the wider consultation on district councils,

to be published in July.'

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