Tuesday, 9 September 2008


Liberal Democrat Councillors on Redcar and Cleveland Council have expressed dismay at the loss of the Council’s Four Star Excellent Status following the latest Audit Commission Comprehensive Performance Assessment.

The previous Lib Dem led Coalition worked its heart out for four long years to progress the Council from Two Star ordinary to Four Star Excellent and in 16 short months the new administration has dragged us back down again.

“I am dismayed at this performance. It is like being relegated from the Local Government Premier League. With the huge amount of Council Tax that local people have to pay the very least they should expect is for us to retain our Excellent status. But instead, all the chaotic Labour Administration has produced is “Performing Adequately.” Adequate is only one step up from inadequate. This means the Council has definitely lost its Four Star Excellent status.

The Audit Commission say that the Council must 'speed up delivery' of its services, it is not linking finance to service delivery and there is a 'need for robust delivery plans'.

Prospective Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Ian Swales said: "It now looks like our Labour Council is being run just as badly as the Labour government"

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