Poor council rating results in relegation

PUBLISHED: 10:18 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009

Cllr Malcolm Cowan

Cllr Malcolm Cowan

HERTFORDSHIRE County Council has been relegated from the Premier League to the Championship. That s the analogy Lib Dem councillor Malcolm Cowan used to describe the authority s slip in the latest Audit Commission ratings. The county council has been rank

HERTFORDSHIRE County Council has been relegated from the Premier League to the Championship.

That's the analogy Lib Dem councillor Malcolm Cowan used to describe the authority's slip in the latest Audit Commission ratings.

The county council has been ranked "good" - down from "excellent" which is has been for the last few years.

Cllr Cowan, who represents Handside and Peartree in WGC, said: "The devastating recent report on children's services is the reason for the downgrading.

"It is the equivalent in football terms of going from Premier League to Championship - not that you would know from the bland press release from the county council, which again fails to acknowledge the reality of what has happened."

He added: "There is much that is indeed good about the county council's performance, and several areas have improved, but a more honest and transparent acknowledgement of where it has been found wanting would make it more credible."

A council spokeswoman said the Audit Commission's Comprehensive Performance Assessment has been made a harder test this year.

But despite the bar being raised, all but one of the council's ratings had improved or stayed the same - the one downside being in respect of children and young people.

Council leader Robert Gordon said: "Hertfordshire County Council has long been seen as a strong council providing good services to our residents

"We are pleased that the Audit Commission has recognised that overall performance while properly highlighting areas where we have more to do.

"No council is perfect but I am confident that subsequent inspections will find that we are dealing with the issues in children's social care services while maintaining our strong performance in other services.

"The scores for our use of resources, for adult social care services and for cultural services have all improved.

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