From this autumn councils must publish 77 PIs based on over 200 pieces of information. But the Commission, which has to publish the PI data nationally, proposes a main report based on just 20 PIs.
This top 20 will be selected according to what the public think are the most important and the commission thinks are the most interesting. The policy committee report argues this will give a 'partial impression of local government services' and be 'provocative' in encouraging knocking copy.
It also criticises the commission's plans to publish league tables of council performance based on only 15 PIs - not including those where 'elected councillors have decided what priority to give different services when allocating public money'.
Nor does the proposal allow PIs to be set in context - illustrating why league tables are simplistic and potentially misleading.
The policy committee is recommended to ask the Commission to 'publish the PI data as neutrally as possible' by publishing all 77 PIs and to abandon plans for a main report and league tables.