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NORTH SHROPS PINPOINTS FAILINGS AFTER CPA

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A council that received the second worst comprehensive performance assessment yet has blamed political consensus se...
A council that received the second worst comprehensive performance assessment yet has blamed political consensus seeking and excessively low council taxes for its plight.

North Shropshire DC was rated 'poor' by the Audit Commission (LGC, 23 July).

Its score of 22 points is the lowest received, with the exception of Rossendale BC's 20, the commission said.

Leader Barbara Bate (Ind) said: 'We are not making excuses. We are not hiding from the issues. We accept the council is simply not doing a good enough job for local people.'

She said the council was drawing up an action plan and would 'put some energy and management clout behind our decisions'.

The council said it performed badly because it had 'aimed to reach a consensus on every key decision'.

'This has resulted in a political structure which is not best suited to reach prompt decisions on strategic issues,' it admitted.

For many years independents were in control of the council, but there is now no overall control.

North Shropshire has six weeks to convince the commission it can put itself in order and avoid Whitehall intervention.

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