HC Deb 19 May 2004 vol 421 c1045W
8. Judy Mallaber

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what rewards are being given to local authorities with a record of delivering excellent services to the community. [173986]

Phil Hope

Local authorities that score as "excellent" in their comprehensive performance assessments receive more freedoms and flexibilities than those with lower scores. These include a significant reduction in ring-fencing, a 90 per cent. reduction in inspections, the freedom to trade, complete freedom over the use of income received from fines and fewer requirements to produce service plans.