By Rhys Andrews.This article explores the statistical relationship between deprivation and the performance indicators used for the first round of Comprehensive Performance Assessments (CPAs) for English local councils. The statistical significance of the results is described and analysed in light of the Audit Commission’s decision to exclude deprivation from the CPA framework. For over one third of the PIs tested, deprivation had a statistically significant adverse effect on performance. The author shows that external environmental constraints on local authority performance must be recognized for accurate and equitable performance assessments.
Public Money & Management Volume 24: Issue 1. ISSN: 0954-0962