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'Priority for Improvement' Council Care Services Fail to Show Progress

Magazine article Public Finance

'Priority for Improvement' Council Care Services Fail to Show Progress

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Five council-provided adult social care services remain a 'priority for improvement' after receiving poor scores for the sixth year running, the social care watchdog has said.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection published its final set of ratings for adult care services on November 27. It said services had improved at 28 councils since 2006, with services deteriorating at 11-7% of all inspected authorities.

From next April, the CSCI's role will be absorbed in the new Care Quality Commission.

Last year, the CSCI identified 21 councils that had received an 'inadequate' or merely adequate overall rating for services since 2002. Nine of these improved sufficiently to move out of the 'priority for improvement' council category in 2007, and a further seven this year.

The five remaining councils - the London boroughs of Harrow and Havering, Herefordshire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Walsall Metropolitan Council - received one-star adequate ratings for 2008.

But Lincolnshire County Council leader Martin Hill rejected the ruling, describing it as adrift of reality'. …

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