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PROPOSALS TO STREAMLINE BEST VALUE PERFORMANCE INDICATORS PUBLISHED

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A streamlined suite of Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs) for 2002/03 has been published for consultation by...
A streamlined suite of Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs) for 2002/03 has been published for consultation by Nick Raynsford, local government minister. It sets out a limited number of national priorities and enables local authorities the powers and freedoms to deliver these, whilst maintaining effective performance management systems.

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.

Mr Raynsford said:

'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.

Notes

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 pi-consultation@dtlr.gsi.gov.uk or by mail to:

Katie Doucet

DTLR

Local Government Competition and Quality Division

Zone 5/A5

Eland House

Bressenden Place

London, SW1E 5DU.

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Annex A

New BVPIs

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

Deleted BVPIs

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?

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