Coalition government scraps Comprehensive Area Assessment

The coalition government has announced it is to scrap the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) as part of its bid to cut back local authority inspections.

CAA was introduced last year with an aim of making inspection more efficient so that councils would need to be inspected less.

But research published by the Local Government Association in September last year, found 90 per cent of local authorities say CAA has done nothing to reduce their workload.

In the document setting out the coalition’s plans for government it states: “We will cut local government inspection and abolish the Comprehensive Area Assessment.”