A key factor in knowing how well you are performing is the ability to compare yourself with others and against your own previous performance. For Somerset County Council this involves comparing ourselves with other similar local authorities and this process is known as benchmarking.
Previously local authorities were required to collect a standard set of performance information; this enabled Councils to compare their performance against each other relatively easy. This set of nationally prescribed measures was removed as part of the current Government's drive at "reducing the burden" placed on local authorities by central government.
The need to demonstrate that the Council provides good value for money remains and we are currently working on ways in which this can be reported.
For further information please contact a the Planning Performance and Insight group: