It is proposed to reduce the number of BVPIs for principal local authorities by around a quarter compared to last year, and by half since the introduction of best value. The overall numbers of BVPIs are now below a hundred for unitary and metropolitan councils and London boroughs, and below 50 for the smaller district councils.
'We now have two years of best value behind us and, by and large, authorities have established systems of performance management which will enable them to measure performance, set targets for improvement and to demonstrate clearly to their citizens the progress that they are making.
'Continuity is important to authorities, as it is to both central government and local people, because of the need to make year-on-year comparisons, and to ensure that there is reliable and consistent data collection.
'But we need to ensure that in the future there is a greater consistency between national targets and standards and the various indicators set by government. The streamlining that we have started here will be taken forward through the forthcoming Local Government White Paper and the 2002 Spending Review. The aim must be to ensure that local authorities focus on both national and local priorities that are of real relevance to their communities.'
Best value authorities and other interested parties have until 7 December to respond to the consultation and it is on the DTLR website.
A full list of new and deleted BVPIs is attached at Annex A.
1. Best Value Performance Indicators 2002/2003- Consultation Paper is available on the website and from DTLR Free Literature, PO Box 236, Wetherby LS23 7NB (telephone: 0870 1226 236, fax: 0870 1226 237). Product Code 01LG 0423.
2. It sets out proposals for all best value authorities, with the exception of police authorities, and covers the major areas of local government interest across education, social services, housing, environment, planning, transport and culture. The home office will consult separately on BVPIs for police authorities.
3. The deletions the government is proposing have been decided upon because they are either: too focussed on inputs and not on results; not good predictors of high performance; already collected elsewhere; or too poorly defined to accurately measure performance.
4. Responses are required by 7 December and should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to:
Local Government Competition and Quality Division
London, SW1E 5DU.
BVPI Type Title
BV(X1) Corporate Energy Consumption
BV(X2) Education Key Stage Three Results
BV(X3) Social Services Waiting Time for Care Packages
BV (X4) Housing Repair jobs
BV (X5) Housing Decent Homes
BV (X6) Housing Length of stay in temporary accommodation
BV (X7) Transport Roads not needing repair
BV(X8) Planning Delegation of Decisions
BV (X9) Community Safety Public reassurance and quality of life
BVPI Type Title
BV 5 Corporate The number of complaints classified as 'maladministration'
BV 6 Corporate Percentage turnout for local elections
BV 13 Corporate Voluntary leavers as a percentage of staff in post
BV 156 Corporate LA buildings with access for disabled people
BV 31 Education Individual Schools Budget as a percentage of Local Schools Budget
BV 32 Education Expenditure on adult education per head of adult population
BV 33 Education Youth service expenditure
BV 37 Education Average GCSE points
BV 42 Education Enrolments on adult education courses per 1000 adult population
BV 158 Education The percentage of adult education hours for which students attended
BV 160 Education The percentage of primary school classes with more than 30 pupils in years three to six
BV 59 Social Services Assessments per 1,00 population aged 65 or over
BV 61 Social Services Relative spend on family support
BV 62 Housing Proportion of unfit private sector dwellings made fit or demolished
BV 65a Housing The average weekly costs per local authority dwelling of management
BV 65b Housing The average weekly costs per local authority dwelling of repairs
BV 66c Housing Local authority rent collection and arrears: rent written off as not collectable as a proportion of the authority's rent roll
BV 69 Housing Percentage of rent lost through local authority dwellings becoming vacant
BV 71 Housing The number of local authority dwellings receiving renovation work during 2001/2 as a proportion of the number needing renovation work at 1 April 2001
BV 72 Housing The percentage of urgent repairs completed within Government time limits
BV 73 Housing The average time taken to complete non-urgent responsive repairs
BV 79b Housing Benefit Accuracy of processing; percentage of recoverable overpayments
BV 84 Environment Kilograms of household waste collected
BV 85 Environment Cost per square meter of keeping relevant land clear
BV 88 Environment No. of missed bin collections
BV 93 Transport Cost of highway maintenance per 100 km travelled by a vehicle on principal road
BV 94 Transport Cost of subsidised bus services per passenger journey
BV 95 Transport Average cost of a working streetlight
BV 105 Transport Repair damage to roads & pavements
BV 108 Planning The number of advertised departures from the statutory plan
BV 110 Planning Average time to determine all applications
BV 112 Planning Score against achecklist of best practice
BV 113 Culture Number of pupils visiting museums and galleries
BV 116 Culture Spending per head on cultural and recreational facilities and activities
BV 169 Culture a) Number of museums operated by authority and b) percentage registered
BV 170 Culture a) Number of visits to museums per 1,000 and b) Number of those visits in person
BV 173 Community Safety Has the authority established a corporate strategy to reduce crime and disorder in their area?