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Tuesday, 27th November, 2007

Our latest discussion paper by James Downe, Clive Grace, Steve Martin and Sandra Nutley, is available to download from the library section of the website.

The paper compares the differing approaches to scrutinising local government performance implemented in England, Wales and Scotland. These result in different types of performance data and access to it (for example, Wales does not have standardised performance indicators that compare services’ performance against one another or over time). Despite significant differences between the regimes,  public service auditors’ are facing common challenges in developing assessments that do not over-burden service providers, and that are effective in identifying where services need to be bettered.