Torbay drops claim for judicial review

Torbay Council has agreed to drop its legal action against the
Audit Commission over the “poor” rating it received in its
comprehensive performance assessment.

Torbay, one of 13 councils graded poor in December, had planned to
seek a judicial review of the assessment process in the High Court
arguing that it was unlawful because the commission did not have
the power to carry it out.

But it has now agreed to accept the legality of the CPA on the
understanding that there will be a new assessment when the council
“reasonably believes that it has made sufficient progress”.

Ealing Council, in west London, also abandoned plans for a judicial
review in April after its score was upgraded from “weak” to “fair”.

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