Survey will measure local authorities' support for sector

Sector organisations are to be polled on whether their local authorities do enough to help them succeed.

The exercise is part of a government scheme to assess how local authorities measure up against the national performance indicator that requires them to create “an environment for a thriving third sector”.

The indicator is the seventh in a list of 198 indicators listed in the 2006 Department for Communities and Local Government white paper Strong and Prosperous Communities that will be used to assess the performance of local authorities. Local Area Agreements must also prioritise up to 35 indicators, with specific improvement targets set for each.

National Indicator 7 will be scored according to the proportion of third sector organisations polled that describe the impact of their local authorities on their success as positive or very positive.

The survey, which will be sent out to a randomly selected group of 97,000 charities across England, will also assess sector views on the strength of local partnership arrangements and the availability of local resources and support from second-tier or umbrella organisations.

The polling will be conducted in the autumns of 2008 and 2010, with results published in early 2009 and 2011.

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