PRO workshops on CPA changes

The Audit Commission (AC) is using workshops to boost awareness of its review of the Comprehensive Performance Assessment.

Designed for council comms staff and chief executives, the workshops will explain the new system and consult on how to communicate it to the local press.

The AC also plans to produce guidelines for PROs and will be consulting local newspapers to assess their reaction to the changes.

Unitary and county councils will be affected by the 'harder' CPA, which seeks to boost council performance. By December this year, all 150 councils will have been re-assessed.

AC news editor Victoria Walker said: 'It is raising the bar on council performance and we have to make sure we are raising the bar on comms to match.'

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