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TIME TO CHECK EFFICIENCY GAINS

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Councils keen to avoid the wrath of the Audit Commission are being encouraged to double check their efficiency gain...
Councils keen to avoid the wrath of the Audit Commission are being encouraged to double check their efficiency gains before submitting their backward looking statements.

In the latest update to the Department for Communities & Local Government's 60-page guidance note on completing annual efficiency statements, councils are urged to 'ensure that the calculations for gains reported in their efficiency statements are robust and have been checked to be robust'.

Councils should be satisfied that a third party would verify the statements as reliable, the DCLG says.

The Audit Commission will flag up any instances where they have doubts over the reporting process. Councils who are deemed to have not filed robust claims will have to amend their statements and potentially work with an independent consultant to review whether they have met the standards.

There is also a new section on the valuation of improvements in service quality.
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