Protecting the public purse


Terms and conditions


These terms and conditions (‘the Terms and Conditions’) apply to your use of this website under the domain name (‘the Website’) and to any interaction, correspondence or postings to this Website.

Use of this Website means that you have read, accept and agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree to the Terms and Conditions, do not use the Website.

The material on this Website is the copyright of the Audit Commission unless otherwise indicated.

The Audit Commission provides this website provides you with fast and easy access to a wide range of information on public sector delivery performance. The website is an information site only and the aim of the Website is to improve public services by promoting proper stewardship of public finances, helping local authorities and the NHS to deliver economic, efficient and effective public services.

However, apart from providing the above, this website is not at all involved in any other transactions between you and anyone else. The Audit Commission (“the Commission”) does not accept any liability for your use or interpretation of the information contained on this website.

Information purposes only

This website is owned by the Commission and provides information of a general nature designed for information purposes only and should not be relied upon without making other enquiries appropriate to the circumstances.

Any personal information you supply to the Commission will be used as set out in our privacy policy. You undertake that all details and representations you provide to us for the purpose of registering on the website are correct.

The Commission shall use its reasonable endeavours to ensure that the information contained on the website is accurate and up to date.

The Commission may make improvements or changes in the information, services, products, and other materials on this website, or terminate this website, at any time without notice.

Restrictions on use of material

This website may only be used in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and only for a lawful and proper purpose.

Material on this website is the intellectual property of the Audit Commission and is subject to copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The Commission gives you permission, unless otherwise indicated, to copy, reproduce or republish material owned by the Commission from the website provided that:

  1. the material is not copied, reproduced or republished for commercial purposes. If you wish to use the material for commercial purposes you must first get the Commission’s written consent.
  2. the material is not modified or amended in any way without the prior written consent of the Commission.
  3. all accompanying copyright, trademark and other proprietary notices are kept intact.
  4. the Commission’s work is acknowledged in any reproduction of Commission material, either in whole or part.

Any use or exploitation of the materials for any other purpose may be an infringement of copyright, database right or other intellectual property rights of the Commission. Modification of any of the materials or use of the materials for any other purpose will be a violation of the Commission’s trademark and other intellectual property rights.

The Commission reserves the right at any time and in its absolute discretion to withdraw permission for you to copy, reproduce or republish material if it has reason to believe that material is being used inappropriately or for commercial purposes.

The Commission may modify this agreement at any time, and such modifications shall be effective immediately upon posting of the modified agreement on the website. Accordingly your continued access or use of this website shall be deemed your acceptance of the terms applicable from time to time.

Any information shown as belonging to or created by a third party may not be copied without the permission of the copyright owner. The Commission cannot and does not give any permission to use third party material.

You may not:

  1. use the Website to do anything which would result in the Audit Commission being brought into disrepute by association, or which may be perceived as discrediting the Audit Commission’s independence.
  2. use the Website for any advertising or promoting a particular product or in a way to suggest endorsement of any product by the Audit Commission.
  3. use the Website in any way which would distort or alter the original intention and meaning.
  4. make use of the Audit Commission’s name, corporate logo or corporate identity in any advertisement, logo, or similar without the Audit Commission’s express prior written consent.
  5. alter, deface or interfere with the website or post any material harmful to the Website.
  6. attempt to copy, sell, lease, rent, licence or grant any rights to the website.

Links to other websites

This website contains links to other websites which are independent of the Commission and are maintained by third parties. The Commission does not approve or check third party websites and is not responsible for the content of any third party websites.

The Commission shall not be liable for any damages or injury arising from the contents of such websites. Any links to other websites are provided as a convenience to you as a user of this website, and does not imply the Commission’s endorsement of the linked websites or association with their operators.

The Commission permits third parties to link to this website. The Commission reserves the right to withdraw this permission if it has reason to believe that the link is being used inappropriately.

Disclaimer of warranty

To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Commission disclaims all express and implied warranties with regard to the information, services, and materials contained on this website. All information, services, and materials are provided “as is” and “as available” without warranty of any kind.

The Commission shall not be responsible for your use of any information and is not responsible for any errors, omissions or out of date information. If you are relying on any information provided on the Website you should seek independent advice.

The Commission further accepts no responsibility or liability for, and makes no warranties, that functions contained at this website will be uninterrupted or error-free or that defects will be corrected or that this website or the server that makes it available is free of any virus or other harmful elements.

The Commission is not responsible for any disruption to the Website or loss or corruption of any information whilst using the Website. For your own safety you should take regular back-up copies of data and use the latest virus checking software and the Commission cannot accept any liability arising from your failure to do so.

Note that some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusions of implied warranties so some or all of the above exclusions may not apply to you.

Limitation of liability

With the exception of those damages arising as a result of fraudulent representations or as otherwise expressly provided for by law, the Commission will in no event be liable for any damages arising as a result of your use of this website.

Jurisdictional issues

This website is controlled and operated by the Audit Commission from its offices in London. The Commission makes no representation that materials on the website are appropriate or available for use in other locations.

Those who choose to access this website from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.


These terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. If any provision of these terms shall be unlawful, void for any reason, unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from those terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

The Audit Commission may at its sole discretion vary these Terms and Conditions from time to time.

Headings are used for convenience and do not affect the interpretation of these Terms and Conditions.