Assessing how well councils interact with their communities is the major focus of a new 'easy-to-use toolkit' being launched for councils by the Audit Commission today.
I can't get a look at it because they make it available only to Councils, it seems.
But I'd be interested to know if they see any role for Councillors in this activity? Or is 'engagement' purely the role of officers? Is it the case that - if Councils provide any resources to Councillors to do this work, that they will be providing 'political funding' - which is, of course, ILLEGAL*!!!
And we can't have that, can we?
And if this is the case, are the Audit Commission making Direct Democracy a pre-condition to a decent CPA score? Have they agreed this with anyone I wonder?
(*according to dozens of Monitoring Officers up and down the country, who have their salaries paid out of the public purse until the day I come to power).