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Councils facing fresh data burdens

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Ministers are not delivering on a pledge to slash the vast quantity of data collected by local authorities on behalf of Whitehall, council leaders have claimed.  

The Local Government Association said it was “disappointed” by ministers’ progress on their commitment to replace the national indicator set with a slimmed-down single comprehensive list of all the data returns central government expects from councils.

LGA improvement board chairman, David Parsons (Con), said that while some indicators had been axed, new burdens had also been introduced.

Cllr Parsons said: “We’ve heard positive noises from government about reducing time-consuming and costly Whitehall box-ticking but old habits die hard. Of the 45 data collections being rolled back, another 18 have already been announced in their place.

“We are disappointed by the scale of reductions proposed so far and remain unconvinced about the extent of the Government’s ambition to minimise the reporting burden on councils.

“With councils being asked to become more efficient in response to significant cuts to their budgets we need swift action rather than warm rhetoric.”

The news follows ministers publishing a draft list of data sets government departments will require councils to collect from April 2011 in December.

Ministers said the list, “will provide in one place a single, clear list of the minimum data central government needs from local authorities” and be open to review.

A full copy of the LGA’s response to the Single Data Consultation is available here 

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