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Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) scorecard 2008

You are currently viewing a Comprehensive Performance Assessment made under the 2008 methodology. View the most recent Comprehensive Area Assessment.

Overall performance for this Council

This is a council that is improving well and demonstrating a 3 star overall performance.

improving well
Direction of travel against other councils
3 star
Performance against other councils

We reached this overall rating by looking at:

  • What progress Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council has made in the last year – direction of travel
  • How Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council manages its finances and provides value for money – use of resources
  • How Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council's main services perform – service performance
  • How Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council is run – corporate assessment

Service assessments, use of resources and corporate assessments are scored on the Local Services Inspectorate Forum scale:

1 = Inadequate performance – below minimum requirements
2 = Adequate performance – only at minimum requirements
3 = Performing well – consistently above minimum requirements
4 = Performing strongly – well above minimum requirements

Direction of travel

The progress Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council has made in the last year

Direction of travel 2005200620072008
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The following summary has been provided to support the 2008 direction of travel assessment:

Walsall Council is improving well. Good progress has been made in priority areas and corporately the Council continues to perform well overall. The extent of improvement compared to other councils is good. It has effective leadership, tangible ambitions, clear achievements, and priorities which reflect the needs of service users and communities. Key improvements have been made against its priorities and its public pledges. The Council is maintaining good children’s services and the overall trend of improvement for standards achieved at ages 7, 11 and 14 exceeds that in similar councils and the national trend. Housing services have improved and the Council has continued to respond positively to the Supporting People inspection and follow-up advice. Adult social care remains adequate but there has been continuing improvement and sustained focus on vulnerable people, and prospects for improvement are now promising. Good progress continues in the implementation of plans for major regeneration. Effective partnership working has led to a decline in crime levels with people feeling safer and more secure in the area. Value for money remains good.

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Use of resources

How Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council manages its finances and provides value for money

Use of resources 2005200620072008
We have assessed how well the Council manages its finances and provides value for money. 3333

This use of resources judgement is drawn from five individual judgements provided by the Council's appointed auditor:

Auditor judgements2008
Financial reporting3
Financial management3
Financial standing4
Internal control3
Value for money3

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Service performance

How Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council's main services perform

Service area 2005200620072008
Benefits - The Council's performance in providing housing and council tax benefit services as assessed by the Department for Work and Pensions (external link) and is based primarily on achievement against the 2005 housing benefits/council tax benefits performance standards. More details 2233
Children and young people - The Council's performance in providing children's services, such as children's education and social care. The joint assessment is made by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (external link) and Ofsted (external link) following a review of the Council's overall performance and key indicators. 3333
Culture - The Council's performance in services, such as libraries and leisure, as assessed by the Audit Commission. More details 2223
Environment - The Council's performance in services, such as transport, planning and waste, as assessed by the Audit Commission. More details 3443
Housing - The Council's performance in community housing and, where applicable, housing management services, as assessed by the Audit Commission. More details 3423
Social care (adults) - The Council's performance in adult social care services. The assessment is made by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (external link) following a review of the Council's overall performance and key indicators. 2222

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Corporate assessment

How Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council is run

Corporate assessment 2005-2008
In assessing how the Council is run, the Commission considers what the Council, together with its partners, is trying to achieve; what the capacity of the Council, including its work with partners, is to deliver what it is trying to achieve; and what has been achieved?

Under CPA - The Harder Test, corporate assessments were undertaken once for each single tier and county council between 2005 and 2008.
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Corporate assessment reports

View corporate assessment - 2008 score 3

Joint Area Review (JAR) of children's services report

This assessment is conducted in partnership with the new-style corporate assessment and is published on the Ofsted website (external link).


Percentage figures may not total 100 per cent due to rounding.