Local agreement exemplars announced

Eleven councils have been chosen to demonstrate how to make a success of the new local area agreements (LAAs).

Local government minister John Healey said they would work with the government to deliver ambitious agreements that would serve as best practice.

LAAs enable councils and their local partners to negotiate with the government to deliver up to 35 targets, drawn from a list of 198 indicators published by ministers last month.

Audit Commission assessments will be based on the chosen targets, with councils required only to provide data on the other indicators.

Partners may add other local targets, but these will not be subject to Whitehall assessments.

Healey said: "We've radically cut the number of national indicators, to give [localities] more freedom to decide how to focus their efforts and resources.

"These changes offer unprecedented opportunities for local leaders to set out a vision for their communities."

The 11 LAA demonstration areas are: Cornwall, Coventry, Essex, Lambeth, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Portsmouth, Stockton, Sunderland and Westminster.

The government also released statutory guidance on LAAs today.

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