February 8, 2008 12:11 PM

The Audit Commission today released its assessment of Cambridgeshire County Council's Direction of Travel. This measures the rate at which the Council is perceived to be improving. Cambridgeshire was rated 'improving adequately'. This is a 2 on scale 1 to 4 with 1 being 'not improving' and is an indictment of the lack of progress that the Council has shown with respect to its Adult Social Care performance.

Cambridgeshire's Adult Social Care rating was the second leg of its triple whammy. It scored 1 star out of a possible 4 and did so for the 6th year in a row. This is unprecedented and placed the county in the bottom 20% of councils.

Leg 1 of the triple whammy was the Corporate Assessment (announced in November 2007) which measures a council's leadership and partnership capabilities. This rated Cambridgeshire as a 2, down from a 4 previously.

Lib Dem Group Leader David Jenkins commented:

"This really is a dreadful performance and the County has effectively dropped from being a 3 star to a 2 star council. This is a far cry from its claim in recent years, as it implemented its 'reshaping for excellence' program, that it would become 4 star!

"It is only the system which continues to use its old Corporate Assessment score which is protecting its star rating and next year it will lose this protection."


Notes to Editors

1. These ratings are from the 2007 Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) published by the Audit Commission.

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