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Will performance targets be added by the 'back door'?

"I would be very surprised if the government doesn't [sneak in new performance targets]. More to the point will it allow our local area agreements to be local?"

Ann WoodwardHead of policy and performance, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

"Credit where credit is due, the government has significantly reduced the burden of data collection. I think we need to begin to trust government if we want local government to be trusted to get on and deliver."

Michael CoughlinChief executive,CrawleyBC

"It makes far more sense for local areas to concentrate on the issues that are of the most relevance to them, so the reduction in mandatory performance indicators is long overdue. To avoid any creep we all need to make sure that our back doors are well and truly jammed shut."

Gillian HibberdCorporate director (people and policy), Buckinghamshire CC

"With some of the 198 indicators it is questionable as to whether they are meaningful measures. We might therefore expect a further reduction in time."

Ian RussellOperations director,SwaleBC

"I believe the government recognises that this is a positive step to reduce the burden of reporting on local government. To stick with this approach will strengthen the relationship and trust between central and local government."

Lesley-Ann FentonAssistant chief executive,ChorleyBC

"There are now less performance indicators than civil servants leading policy areas, so the temptation to sneak more through by back-door methods to demonstrate relevance is unlikely to go away. Continue to read the small print!"

Nigel RiglarStrategic director,StroudDC

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