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
'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.'