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More Councils Pass Tougher CPA Test

Magazine article Public Finance

More Councils Pass Tougher CPA Test

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More local authorities have joined the ranks of high performers despite the introduction of a tougher assessment regime, the 2005 Comprehensive Performance Assessments have revealed.

The performance league tables, published by town hall watchdog the Audit Commission on December 15, show that 106 of the 150 top-tier and unitary councils are in the highest two categories, which have been redrawn under 'CPA: the harder test'. That is an increase of four from last year.

Under the new regime, the commission has introduced a twopart framework to score authorities. They have been ranked according to their 'direction of travel' statement, intended to reflect their capacity to improve. Eight councils have achieved the highest 'improving strongly', while 98 scored 'improving well'.

In the remaining categories, 33 authorities were deemed 'improving adequately'; two - Isles of ScUIy and North East Lincolnshire - have been judged 'not improving adequately'. No authority got the lowest possible ranking of 'not improving'.

At the same time, each authority has received a star rating based on its current performance. The highest rating of four stars went to 37 councils, while 65 achieved three stars; 38 got two; nine got one; and North East Lincolnshire had the dubious distinction of being the only council to score none. …

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