Comprehensive Area Assessment – the myth debunked?

Drove up to Oxfordshire this afternoon, in preparation for the annual conference of the County Councils Network.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Counties in a Changing World”. With a hundred and sixty people in attendance, only East Ridings is not represented this evening. It’s a really good opportunity to network, to compare best practice and discuss areas for improvement.

I’m attending a session today on closer working between County and Parish Councils, then chairing a session on “Making Comprehensive Area Agreements Work”.

With an expert speaker from Tribal and an audience full of County Councillors, it’s sure to be a lively session.

For my part, I hope it will explain how the new regime – moving from around 1300 BVPIs in Kent to a further 198 new National Indicators, is going to save on bureaucracy and box-ticking, and will actually make a difference for the communities that we’re there to serve.

I’ll let you know…

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