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Learning from CPA in 2005/06, a new Audit Commission report published today, highlights some examples of good pract...
Learning from CPA in 2005/06, a new Audit Commission report published today, highlights some examples of good practice in local government.

The report draws together findings from 17 corporate assessments of single tier and county councils under the framework for CPA: the Harder Test, and 388 annual use of resources assessments which took place in all councils in 2005/06.

While most councils have seen significant improvements in their performance since the introduction of CPA, there remain areas where more could be done to address specific priority issues. These include developing broad strategies for older people, integrating economic, housing and environmental action to develop sustainable communities, and promoting health.

Learning from CPA in 2005/06 - Findings from assessments

The report, and accompanying web tool, provide councils with practical examples of successful initiatives, projects and practices that have been used by councils and their partners to improve services for their diverse communities. The case studies are not offered prescriptively but demonstrate some of the ways in which councils have made improvements.

Learning from CPA in 2005/06 considers each of the shared priority themes: sustainable communities and transport; safer and stronger communities; healthier communities; older people; and children and young people.

Examples of notable practice include Staffordshire CC which reduced its carbon emissions by 44 per cent, Horsham DC's cross-party budget scrutiny group which identified large efficiency savings, Brent LBC's successful partnership working with the community and as an active member of the West London Alliance, and the strong leadership shown by Calderdale Council which led to significant improvements across its services.

Steve Bundred, chief executive of the Audit Commission, said: 'This report highlights a number of different approaches to improving service delivery, but the one thing that links them is a firm commitment to raising standards and improving the user experience. We hope that the case studies will provide inspiration for councils in their own improvement programmes.'

The Learning from CPA interactive web tool is available at and will be updated regularly to feature new examples of notable practice in local government.

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