National Performance Framework

Since the formation of the new Coalition Government in May 2010 there have been some significant changes in government policy announced and proposed.

We no longer use the National Performance Framework (external link) introduced by the Government in 2006. This required us to measure our performance by various means including:

  • The National Indicator Set (NIS);
  • Local Area Agreements (LAA); and
  • Comprehensive Area Assessments (CAA).

National Indicator Set

The Government announced on 13 October 2010 that the National Indicator set is to be replaced with one comprehensive list of all data that central government requires of local authorities.

Further information on the national indicators is available at:

Local Area Agreement

Government also announced on 13 October 2010 that all local improvement targets in the Local Area Agreements (LAA) were being revoked as of that date.  Local authorities are now free to keep, amend or drop targets from their LAAs as they see fit.  There will be no monitoring of performance by central government and no new LAAs need be created from April 2011. 

Comprehensive Area Assessment

The Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) is focused on outcomes for the area but also has an element of organisational assessment in the form of Use of Resources and Managing Performance.
Again, the CAA has been discontinued. All work on updating the area assessment and organisational assessments has ceased, and the existing 2009 assessments on the Oneplace website will not now be updated.
This CAA was conducted by the Audit Commission, on 13 August 2010 the Coalition Government announced that the Audit Commission would be abolished.

Cumbria Chief Executive’s Group has set up a working group to consider the continued importance of the 11 areas of focus previously identified by the Area Assessment and to make proposals for and appropriate approach to joint performance reporting as required in the future.

Organisational Assessments

There were two organisational assessments which formed part of the CAA, these were in the form of Use of Resources and Managing Performance. The Council also received an Annual Audit Letter each year from its external auditors. This letter summarised the conclusions and significant issues arising from the Audit Commissions recent Audit and Inspections of the Council.

The latest reports from these assessments can be found on the Oneplace website and the latest Annual Audit Letter can be downloaded below:

For more information please contact the Policy and Communications Team on 01900 702730 or email

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