Headlines: November 16th, 2007

COUNCILS GET HELP WITH NEW CRIME FIGHTING REGULATIONS

A new online tool has been launched to help local authorities and their partners comply with tough new crime and disorder regulations which will come into effect from April next year. It has been launched by the Audit Commission to assist all those involved in fighting crime and disorder to deliver value for money.

The new rules –the Crime and Disorder Regulations 2007 – will for the first time require all police authorities, forces, councils, housing and health services to demonstrate to the Home Office that Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships are offering value for money to the communities they serve.

The new online tool has been designed to enable councils and their partners to carry out their own self assessment in the five key areas of performance management, knowledge of communities, allocation of resources, achieving value for money, and capacity, knowledge and learning. Under each topic there are a series of questions so partnerships can assess how they meet the new framework. The tool will form the basis for CDRPs to share action plans AND examples of best practice. It can be found at
www.cdrp.audit-commission.gov.uk

Gareth Davies, the Commission’s Managing Director of Local Government, Housing and Community Safety, said,” The new targets set out in the government’s three-year crime strategy will be challenging for councils and their partners, and effective self-evaluation processes will be crucial to their success.” The tool would ensure public money was being targeted effectively at the areas of England most affected by crime.

It was recommendations from the Audit Commission during a Home Office consultation that led to the requirement for CDRPs to demonstrate value for money being incorporated in the crime and disorder regulations.