CLG strengthens business plan
The Communities and Local Government department has strengthened measures for reporting progress on house building following a consultation.
Its business plan for 2011 to 2015 will now record the average new home bonus grant payable per dwelling per year for different classes of local authority, and the number of planning permissions granted as a percentage of all applications for major and minor schemes.
The addition of the new indicators to the business plan follows a consultation on the transparency section of the document. New input indicators, which measure how public money is being spent, have also been added on expenditure on fire and rescue services, and formula grant as a percentage of the English average.
The department said it had a limited response to the consultation, with mixed views on its effectiveness.
‘There was some concern that there was insufficient detail in the business plan to say how and what data would be necessary to support the indicators and the information strategy, and this could mean the burden on local authorities could remain relatively high,’ it states in a summary of responses to the consultation.
‘On the other hand, at least one respondent was concerned that there would be insufficient information with which to hold the department accountable.’