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For good measure: Devolving accountability for performance and assessment to local areas
Tom Shakespeare et al.
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This report is a contribution to the debate on the future of local government performance and assessment. In it the author outlines the possibility of reducing the burden of inspection on councils, while simultaneously increasing local accountability and the level of sector-led assistance and support.
The author focuses on the UK but discussess issues which are applicable to all countries. For instance the paper details provides information on issues such as:
Creating stronger local accountability to improve performance, which the author sees as critical to rebalancing power between central and local government.
Replacing central inspection with peer support and self evaluation: the paper asserts that self evaluation and comparison of performance between councils will drive up performance.