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East Midlands Development Agency. Independent Performance Assessment, 2007

The Regional Development Agencies Advantage West Midlands, East Midlands Development Agency and Yorkshire Forward are all performing strongly, according to an independent assessment conducted by the National Audit Office.

The National Audit Office has been examining the performance of Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and making assessments of performance in five areas: ambition, prioritisation, capacity, performance management and achievement. The performance of each RDA was scored to give an overall rating of performing strongly, well, adequately or inadequately.

All three RDAs are in the performing strongly category. Out of a possible 24 points, East Midland Development Agency scored 22 points; and Advantage West Midlands and Yorkshire Forward each scored 20.

These three assessment are the final in a series of reviews of RDAs carried out by the NAO. The NAO has previously looked at One North East, South East England Development Agency, South West Regional Development Agency, North of England Development Agency and the East of England Development Agency. The London Development Agency is audited by the Audit Commission.

Notes for Editors

  1. Press notices and reports are available from the date of publication on the NAO website, which is at www.nao.org.uk. Hard copies can be obtained from The Stationery Office on 0845 702 3474.
  2. The Comptroller and Auditor General, Sir John Bourn, is the head of the National Audit Office which employs some 850 staff. He and the NAO are totally independent of Government. He certifies the accounts of all Government departments and a wide range of other public sector bodies; and he has statutory authority to report to Parliament on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which departments and other bodies have used their resources.

PN: 17/07