Protecting the public purse

Value for Money briefings

Audit Commission prepares its Value for Money legacy

The Audit Commission expects to close on 31 March 2015, as enabled by the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. In its remaining time the Commission will continue to make available its Value for Money Profiles.

The VFM Profiles are widely used, with 9,000 visitors in the last financial year. Now with improved accessibility, they bring together data about the cost, performance and activity of local councils and fire authorities. The Profiles show how organisations are spending resources, what services they perform and how these costs and performance levels compare between organisations, and over time.

The Commission is enhancing the visibility of its VFM Profiles by presenting information about:

  • how spending and activity have changed over time;
  • how councils’ performance differs; and
  • factors affecting variation in activity and costs.

We hope they will be helpful to auditors and those in, or interested in, local government.

Downloads

Local authority waste management: Using data from the Value for Money (VFM) Profiles March 2014


Councils’ centrally managed spending: Using data from the Value for Money (VFM) Profiles February 2014


Councils’ expenditure on benefits administration: Using data from the Value for Money (VFM) Profiles January 2014


Business rates – Using data from the VFM Profiles, October 2013


Income from charging – Using data from the VFM Profiles, September 2013


Social care for older people – Using data from the Value for Money Profiles, July 2013


Council tax collection – Using data from the Value for Money Profiles, June 2013