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.'
'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'.