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Walsall Ready to Forgive and Forget 'Weak' Rating after Upgrade to 'Fair'

Magazine article Public Finance

Walsall Ready to Forgive and Forget 'Weak' Rating after Upgrade to 'Fair'

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Walsall council is set to drop legal action over its 'weak' 2OO4 rating after the Audit Commission this week upgraded it to 'fair'.

A review of how the metropolitan borough is run at the corporate level prompted the upgrade in the council's overall Comprehensive Performance Assessment.

The 2OO4 grading angered the West Midlands council, which was expecting a 'fair' rating, prompting it to seek a judicial review. This was due to be heard by the High Court, but now the Conservative-controlled council is likely to shelve its plans. 1It is not something we need to do now,' said a council spokesman.

This year's Audit Commission report, published on April 4, said the council had shown improvements in the past 12 months. It had 'strong corporate management', 'good staff morale', and Walsall town centre was cleaner, said the commission. …

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