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PERFORMANCE INDICATORS 'TURN SCREW ON INCOMPETENT COUNCILS'

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The Express (p16) carries an analysis of Audit Commission performance indicators to 'expose the worst and best coun...
The Express (p16) carries an analysis of Audit Commission performance indicators to 'expose the worst and best councils'.

It says the local authority performance indicators turn the screw on 'incompetent and low-grade councils'.

The paper looks at five of the indicators: missed refuse collections; streelights not working; proportion of council tax collected; proportion of bills paid promptly; and average time to relet council housing.

The paper's leader column (p10) says the Audit Commission report finds the quality of council services around the country is a 'postcode lottery'.

It says: 'There has been, as in the case of school tests, a recent reaction against centrally set government targets. However, if councils had to fulfil certain prescribed standards, this disgraceful lottery would be avoided.

'For too long, many authorities have got away with mismanagement, complacency and inefficiency. The public deserves better. If one authority can work effectively, they all can. Only setting targets and naming and shaming the worst failures will make sure they do,' it concludes.

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