left to get on with their job, Audit Commission chairman James Strachan told
BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning.
today, are 'the most comprehensive analysis that has ever been done of local
government,' Mr Strachan said. But 'this is a tool for improvement and very
much a means, not an end in itself,' he said.
'In England today there really are some phenomenally good councils and this
tends to get forgotten,' he told Today. 'More than 50 per cent of all the
councils are either good or excellent. Those councils should be relatively
left alone to get on with it.
'We want to focus the scarce resource on helping particularly those councils
at the bottom of this scoring system to get much better, because people are
simply paying for very, very poor services.
'In certain cases the government is going to have to intervene ... but in
other cases the commission and others will work with the council to draw up
plans for improvement and move on.'
Mr Strachan warned politicians against making political capital out of the
CPA results. There is no pattern in terms of political control, he said, and
there were many excellent councils in deprived areas. 'That proves that with
the right leadership you can solve these problems,' he said.