Thursday, 10 December 2009

Didn't we do well?

Here is the Audit Commission's independent asssessment of al Suffolk's councils. As you can see, St Edmundsbury's score is overall the best in the county. No doubt this boring news will get little publicity. You can read it properly at:

http://oneplace.direct.gov.uk/infobyarea/region/area/localorganisations/Pages/orgscompare.aspx?region=50&area=414

Organisational assessments in Suffolk. How are the local public services in your area performing?

The tables below show the scores for how well the local public services in Suffolk are performing and using their resources. The first table shows overall scores for each organisation. The second table shows the three use of resources theme scores for each council, police authority, fire and rescue authority and primary care trust. You can use these tables to compare performance across these bodies.

Organisation
Overall score
Managing performance
Use of resources

Suffolk County Council
Performs well
3 out of 4
3 out of 4

Babergh District Council
Performs adequately
2 out of 4
2 out of 4

Forest Heath District Council
Performs well
3 out of 4
3 out of 4

Ipswich Borough Council
Performs well
3 out of 4
3 out of 4

Mid Suffolk District Council
Performs adequately
2 out of 4
2 out of 4

St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Performs well
3 out of 4
3 out of 4

Suffolk Coastal District Council
Performs well
3 out of 4
3 out of 4

Waveney District Council
Performs adequately
2 out of 4
2 out of 4

Suffolk Fire Authority
Performs well
3 out of 4
2 out of 4

Suffolk Police Authority
2 out of 4


Use of Resources
Find out more about Use of Resources

Organisation
Use of resources theme scores
Managing finances
Governing the business
Managing resources

Suffolk County Council
3 out of 4
2 out of 4
3 out of 4

Babergh District Council
2 out of 4
2 out of 4
2 out of 4

Forest Heath District Council
2 out of 4
3 out of 4
3 out of 4

Ipswich Borough Council
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
3 out of 4

Mid Suffolk District Council
2 out of 4
2 out of 4
2 out of 4

St Edmundsbury Borough Council
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
4 out of 4

Suffolk Coastal District Council
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
2 out of 4

Waveney District Council
2 out of 4
2 out of 4
3 out of 4

Suffolk Fire Authority
3 out of 4
2 out of 4
2 out of 4

Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust
2 out of 4
2 out of 4
2 out of 4

Suffolk Primary Care Trust
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
2 out of 4

Suffolk Police Authority
2 out of 4
2 out of 4
2 out of 4

Description of scores:
An organisation that does not meet minimum requirements, Performs Poorly
An organisation that meets only minimum requirements, Performs Adequately
An organisation that exceeds minimum requirements, Performs Well
An organisation that significantly exceeds minimum requirements, Performs Excellently


3 comments:

Bury Boy said...

No not really. Over all its a very poor show, One could conclude that suffolk people are getting a poor return for their taxes. this is very much a case of all could do a lot better. The only bright part is that the audit commission think St Eds is working well with its resourses. No wonder a single council is been suggested.

St Eds end of term report, Brightest member of a very poor class, can and should do better.

Councillor Paul Farmer said...

Have you clicked on St Edmundsbury COuncil and read the full report? If so I find it hard to understand how you can describe it as 'a poor show'.

The Audit Commission are a completely independent national body, whose expectations have got even higher recently. Their judgement is based on extensive evidence and wide experience of all public bodies. They are not afraid to criticise where criticism is deserved.

To ignore their rating just devalues those of your statements which do have some merit. I too agree with unitary authorities - against the policy of my political party.

Happy Christmas Bury Boy.

Bury Boy said...

Happy Christmas Paul.

I stand by my comments I firmly consider that the Suffolk Councils could do better, St Eds it is true stood out, from a poor selection.

The Audit Commission are a completely independent national body, whose expectations have got even higher recently ( good so they should, continous improvement is a good goal,). Their judgement is based on extensive evidence and wide experience of all public bodies.( thats bench marking in its simplist form) They are not afraid to criticise where criticism is deserved (good).
They also allocate scores. 4 out of 4 being an acheivement, or World Class ANY thing less is to some a failure. Tax payers deserve more for their money, if the only comparative measure is the audit commission, and these results are not going to get any of us "best in class"let alone world class. hence poor could do better.