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Castle Point Borough Council

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment she has made of the performance of Castle Point borough council; what steps she is taking to improve the performance of the council; and if she will make a statement. (78176)

A lead official from the Department for Communities and Local Government is working with Castle Point borough council following the council’s assessment as ‘poor’ under the Comprehensive Performance Assessment in June 2004. The lead official advises Ministers regularly on the capability and capacity of the council and following significant improvements over the last year, particularly in the strength of officer and political management, we have recently agreed that formal monitoring meetings will be held on a two monthly rather than a monthly basis.

In December last year the Audit Commission reported that the council were making ‘good progress’.