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The Local Government Information Unit says new ...
The Local Government Information Unit says new termsfor Audit Commission inspections are unacceptable and will hold back improvements in councils.

LGIU director Dennis Reed said:

'We have campaigned for the terms in the Comprehensive Performance

Assessment (CPA) to be changed since they were announced earlier this year -

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.'

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