New star ratings for social services announced

For full list of star rating changes – see

A dozen councils were upgraded in the refreshed star ratings,
which were published by the Social Services Inspectorate,
writes Sally Gillen.

But of those, only one of the 10 local authorities given a zero
in the first set of ratings, published in May, had improved enough
to get one star this time around.

Merton council, which was placed on special measures in February
2001, has been upgraded for improving its children’s
services, which have gone from serving no children well to serving
some well.

None of the four councils – Coventry, Walsall, Birmingham
and North East Lincolnshire – which have had help from
performance action teams, the private companies drafted in to turn
around the worst-performing councils, have improved enough to get a

And overall the number of councils given a zero rating has risen
from 10 to 12, as Windsor and Maidenhead, Waltham Forest and
Bedford fell from the one-star band.

All of those given three stars first time around remained at the
top, joined by new additions Kent, Kingston upon Thames and North
Lincolnshire, but the three councils awarded two stars in the first
ratings – Somerset, Wiltshire and Bradford – fell to
one star.

Wiltshire, which had been judged as serving some adults well
with promising prospects for improvement, is still considered to be
serving some well, but is now showing uncertain prospects for the

Bradford, which had previously been was serving most adults and
children well, is now only serving some well.

The majority of councils – 75 – have been given

Changes to local authority star ratings:

Moving up:

Two star to three star:


Kingston Upon Thames

North Lincolnshire

1 to 2 star:

Bath and North East Somerset






Stockton on Tees

Tower Hamlets

0 to 1 star:


Moving down:

No three stars down to two

2 to 1 star:




1  to 0 star:


Waltham Forest

Windsor and Maidenhead

To read the full list of star ratings click

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