Four-fifths of councils with social services responsibilities obtained one of the top two ratings in the 2006 comprehensive performance assessment of local authorities in England, it was announced today.
The results show an overall improvement, with 32 of the 150 authorities moving up at least one star, and no councils in the bottom category (zero stars), for the first time since CPA began in 2002.
But, despite the overall improvement, seven councils moved down a star and five councils only achieved one star.
CPA provides an overall assessment of councils’ performance in commissioning and delivering services, achieving value for money, partnership working and community leadership.
They are informed by the adult social care ratings and the annual performance assessment for children’s services both of which showed marked improvements for councils in 2006.
This is the second year that councils have been put through a more robust version of the assessment, introduced in 2005, which put more emphasis on responsiveness to service users, value for money and partnership working.