LGIU director Dennis Reed said:
'We have campaigned for the terms in the Comprehensive Performance
but these new terms for councils' performance remain totally unacceptable.
'The four or five categorisations put forward by the Audit Commission are
simply too crude to reflect the complexities of multi-service organisations
like local authorities. Each council has some good and some bad - this will
not be reflected in these catch-all terms. Whatever the categories are
called will not make up for the structural deficiencies of the framework.
'The CPA system of ranking councils will lead to the 'naming and shaming' of
many councils that provide some good services which are supported by their
electorates. The Audit Commission is shooting itself in the foot with a
system that will de-motivate councils that get a poor rating, put off good
people from working in them and throw a spanner in the works of improving
the very authorities that need it most. We will continue to campaign for the
whole performance framework to be renegotiated.'