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Council care services to still receive scores

Council care services to still receive scores
30th November 2007

Council care services are to still receive marks for performances despite the star ratings system expected end after next year.

The star ratings, which were published for 2007 yesterday, annual performance assessment and joint area review are expected to be replaced by the comprehensive area assessment (CAA) in 2009.

This was detailed in the government's Strong and prosperous communities white paper, published earlier in the year.

However, David Johnstone, chair of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services standards and performance management committee, said discussions were ongoing on how council care should be scored.

He told Communitycare.co.uk: "There's one view that there will be a judgement that will roll into the CAA but it will not be a separate rating."

The 2007 Care ratings were published yesterday with councils showing a gradual increase in their scores on previous years.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) awarded the higher marks of two and three stars to 81 per cent of councils as opposed to 78 per cent from last year.

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