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New Freedoms for Top Councils

22 July 2003

Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford has announced today a relaxation of the inspection regime and plan-making obligations placed on local authorities, with the best-performing councils receiving greater freedoms and flexibilities.

By the end of 2006, the number of major service plans local authorities will be required to produce each year will fall to six, in addition to their Best Value Performance Plan and Community Strategy.  Councils classed as 'excellent' will not be required to produce any major service plans.

Forward inspection programmes for the four largest local government inspectorates - the Audit Commission, Benefits Fraud Inspectorate, Ofsted and the Social Services Inspectorate - are also now available in one place via a new database launched by the Local Services Inspectorate Forum today.  Click here to access the database.

Read the letter to local authority Chief Executives

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