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Audit Commission: Householders are satisfied with their waste services

Local councils in England have made significant progress in waste management between 2002 and 2008 and residents are satisfied with their waste services, according to a new report published by the Audit Commission.

The Comprehensive Performance Assessment Final Score report, was published to mark the last year that the CPA system will be used to find out council performance in services such as waste. The report is based on six years assessment of all single tier and county councils in England.

The report said: On average 70 per cent of residents were satisfied with the waste provided by their local council, and 79 per cent were satisfied with household waste collection.
While on average councils only succeeded in reducing the overall amount of waste collected per household per three per cent (from 493kg to 479kg) between 2001/02 and 2007/08, significant progress was made in the management of that waste.

The report highlighted that councils had increased household recycling rates from 8 per cent in 2001/02 to 21 per cent in 2007/08. The report also revealed that by 2007/08 35 per cent of councils offered kerbside collection of two recyclables to all households in their areas. Average rates of household waste going to landfill fell from 77% to 54%.

Next month, the CPA system will be replaced by the Comprehensive Area Assessment, which aims to provide a snapshot of how effectively local partnerships are working together to deliver local peoples priorities.

Under plans in its Green Paper Control shift returning power to local communities, the Conservative Party planned to scrap the Comprehensive Performance Assessment. The paper stated: The Audit Commissions role will be to ensure the propriety of local governments spending to investigate complaints.

Audit Commission chairman Michael OHiggins said: CPA has been a challenge to which local government has risen very well, and our retrospective report records the success of many councils that are to be congratulated.


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