Abstracts: February 3rd, 2005

The pack offers guidance for councils on how change agents such as the Regional Centres of Excellence will give support in delivering efficiency gains. It also gives examples of good practice within local government on which councils can build to deliver improved value for money in public services. It focuses on how efficiency gains will be measured and reported. It describes a three-stage process of self-assessment which includes a method for measuring efficiency gains which has been determined following consultation with a group of councils and organisations including the Audit Commission, Local Government Association and INLOGOV of the University of Birmingham. This pack complements an Efficiency Information Pack issued in November 2004.The pack is available at: http://www.odpm.gov.uk/stellent/groups/odpm_localgov/documents/page/odpm_locgov_034633.pdf