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CPA: 'AUDIT COMMISSION FAILS TO LISTEN TO COUNCILS'

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The Audit Commission has missed a golden opportunity to build a...
The Audit Commission has missed a golden opportunity to build a

Comprehensive Performance Assessment framework based on consensus - and has

instead produced a system that plays into the hands of the 'name and shame'

culture, according to the Local Government Information Unit.

Responding to the Audit Commission's document out this week, The CPA framework for single tier and county councils, LGIU director Dennis Reed says:

'The consultation period provided the ideal opportunity for the Audit

Commission to take on board strong criticisms from local authorities of

their plans for CPA. But this new document shows by and large they have been

ignored.

'The crude overall performance categories of excellent, good, fair, weak and

poor stay as expected - and play into the hands of a media baying for blood.

The system that penalises councils if just one major service area is rated

poor remains in place - against overwhelming hostility from local

government. And new and helpful calls for an independent appeals panel if

things go wrong have fallen on deaf ears.

'By tinkering with technicalities but refusing to address the weight of

informed criticism from councils the commission succeeds only in alienating

the organisations it purports to be helping.'

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