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MALLETT REJECTS CPA MORAL DAMAGE CLAIM

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Comprehensive performance assessments are not damaging council staff morale, according to Mary Mallett, the new pre...
Comprehensive performance assessments are not damaging council staff morale, according to Mary Mallett, the new president of the Society of

Personnel Officers.

In the lead up to the publication of the inaugural CPA results in December and in their immediate aftermath, local government experts and unions predicted staff would be badly affected if their councils were labelled 'poor' or 'weak'.

But Ms Mallett rubbished the claims, saying: 'I find it quite hard to see CPA as something that crushes everyone. Obviously if you are working extremely hard and get a poor grade it has an effect but at least it tells you where you are.'

She also urged district councils, which are about to undergo CPA for the first time, to place human resources at the heart of their strategy.

'Unless there is a strong HR presence councils are not going to do well in self and corporate assessments.'

Ms Mallett was speaking after Socpo drew up a four-point plan to help

councils with CPA. The organisation has drawn up guidance for sharing good practice, improving performance, undergoing CPA and what to do when rated 'excellent'.

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