The final count up: 2020-2021 self-assessment results revealed

05/02/2021
Dominic Browne

The final year of self-assessment results saw Stoke-on-Trent and Bedford become the only English highway authorities to fail to make it into the top Band, meaning the councils lost out on a significant cash injection.

Full results can be found here.

This year a share of £151m was up for grabs to roads authorities in England outside London and without a PFI deal. Funding is awarded to each local highway authority based on their self-assessment score relative to the amount received through the needs-based funding formula.

DfT has previously pledged that unallocated cash would be redistributed among roads authorities based on this traditional needs formula.

Stoke and Bedford authorities achieved Band 2 status and so lost 70% of their potential top-up funding. No authority was in Band 1, which would have seen the area lose all of its potential extra cash.

Stoke (pictured) finished the period with the lowest score of 50 points, with Bedford just ahead on 51. Councils in the top Band 3 scored over 60, with the highest score 66 held by Warwickshire, North Yorkshire, Cheshire East, Durham, Suffolk, Essex and Lincolnshire.

After last year's results, Stoke told Highways it 'cannot justify spending the millions necessary to secure an additional few hundred thousand pounds from the fund'.

Bedford declined to answer questions last year but said it had provided cash from its own resources in excess of the amount not provided by the Department for Transport as a result of being placed in Band 2'.

Liecester and Reading were the only other authorities to lose money last year, but both councils made it into Band 3 this year, achieving 100% of the Incentive cash.

This year marks the end of the current self-assessment system, which ran from 2015/16 and 2020/21 and set aside £578m 'to reward councils who demonstrate they are delivering value for money in carrying out cost effective improvements'.

The main drive of the fund was to push councils into better asset management policy and strategy, communications and lifecycle planning.

The fund had a major impact on the way authorities approach highways maintenance, and despite initial doubts was later celebrated by key figures in council directors' body ADEPT.

However it also received criticism as councils under devolution deals were automatically awarded Band 3 status for the duration.

A lack of audits for the results - despite Department for Transport (DfT) warnings there could be spot checks - also diminished the fund in the eyes of some who suggested the process didn't have the rigour to be a true reflection of performance.

Highways understands that the DfT is considering reforming the fund and the questionaire that goes with it to better reflect current priorities.

The story so far: A Highways magazine exclusive revealing previous years' results.

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

INSIDE:

Highways Awards 2021 finalists revealed

Harris leads National Highways into new era

View the latest issue


Highways jobs

Street Works Co-ordinator

£21,153 - £23,791
Do you want to make a difference to how Street Works are managed within Lincolnshire? Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Principal Transport Planning Officer

£44,863 - £46,845. In addition, re-location expenses may also be paid.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Strategic Transport Planning Team at Gloucestershire County Council (GCC). Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Recruiter: Gloucestershire County Council

Group Engineer - Highways Network Management

£40,876 - £45,859 Plus market rate supplement of £3,000, reviewed annually
We are looking for a Group Engineer who will support the recovery from the pandemic. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Group Engineer - Safety Design

£40,876 - £45,859 Plus market rate supplement of £3,000, reviewed annually
We are looking for an experienced engineer to join our Highways Safety Design team. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Highways Asset Management Engineer

£30,451 - £32,234 per annum
The post holder will... Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Senior Traffic Engineer

£32,910 - £35,745 per annum
This is an exciting opportunity to join Telford & Wrekin Council’s Highway Network Management Team to... Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Traffic Signals Engineer

£25,991 - £35,745
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Technician/Engineer to join the Traffic Signals Systems & Operations (TSSO) team as a Career Grade Engineer. Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Transport and Procurement Manager

£48,194 - £52,980 per annum
Are you a Transport Manager looking for a role that is a break from the norm? Andover, Hampshire
Recruiter: Test Valley Borough Council

Traffic Engineers (Highway Design and Asset Management)

£32,910 – £35,745 per annum - fixed term for 5 years
We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic people to join our Traffic Engineering team. Halifax, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Street Lighting Design Engineer

£18,812 - £35,745
This is an exciting opportunity for you to join Lincolnshire County Council's Street Lighting Team as a Street Lighting Design Engineer. Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Project Engineers

£36,922 per annum (Grade H-I)
West Berkshire Council are looking for innovative, enthusiastic and focused Project Engineers. Newbury, Berkshire
Recruiter: West Berkshire Council

Charge Hand (Highways)

£24,943 to £27,067 per annum
We are looking for motivated individuals who are willing to contribute to the team’s growth and success. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Principal Highways Drainage Engineer

£32,910 - £35,745 per annum
Do you want to take a leading role maintaining a large network of assets? Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Cleaner Streets and Waste Contract Manager - Communities

£48,809 - £49,794 per annum
Responsible for managing the street cleansing, household waste collections services and community recycling centres Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)
Recruiter: Bridgend County Borough Council

Senior Engineer Flood & Drainage

£40,876 - £45,859
We make a difference to the environment we live in. Come and help us manage our blue infrastructure. Bracknell, Berkshire
Recruiter: Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Business Support Officer – Passenger Transport

£20,092 - £21,748
You will assist the wider team in ensuring the office functions are delivered in a timely and accurate manner. Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Senior Engineer

£31,339 to £35,754 per annum
We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals who are willing to contribute to the teams growth and success. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Waste Collection Operative - Loaders / HGV Drivers (Hays Recruitment)

Competitive Salary
Hays are excited to be working in partnership with Chelmsford City Council who are always looking to expand their teams and are looking for... Chelmsford, Essex
Recruiter: Chelmsford City Council

Highways Presents

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Video