Book News: March 18th, 2010

This report is published by the six independent inspectorates and it explains how well the £200 billion spent on local public services is meeting people’s needs. It sets out what we know about what works to guide national and local policymakers. The report also provides information to help local public services overcome some of the common challenges they face.

The Oneplace website is a unique new resource for local people, those managing local public bodies, and policy makers. It contains performance information to help people hold to account those responsible for their local public services.

Oneplace highlights examples of success and innovation. Local public services have found innovative ways to improve in every area of their activity; examples show them tackling some of the toughest problems.

Some forward-thinking local public bodies are already seeking to improve economy and efficiency ahead of expected reductions in budgets.

Local public bodies need to learn from each other and work more closely together if they are to improve services and increase value for money. This is the conclusion from the first Oneplace national overview report.

Comprehensive Area Assessments were published on the Oneplace website in December 2009 and they examine how well local public services meet the needs of citizens, service users and taxpayers.

The report is available at