Archives for October 2nd, 2001

NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEED TO BE CLOSER

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 October, 2001

A new independent study suggests that the Benefits Agency (BA) and local authorities need to improve the way they work together.The Benefit Fraud Inspectorate investigated the working relationship between local authorities and BA in order to identify where improvements could be made to cut down on fraud and error.

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REVIEW OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT BEST VALUE REGIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 2 October, 2001

Best Value – Labour’s system of ensuring local government, police and fire services are delivering quality services at acceptable prices – is to be reviewed.The review, announced by Stephen Byers, Secretary of State at DTLR comes after Audit Commission Controller Sir Andrew Foster warned recently that 60 per cent of councils were judged poor or fair in best value reviews and that half of council services reviewed were not likely to improve

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