WALTHAM FOREST: Council receives glowing assessment

WALTHAM FOREST residents are being served by a council that performs very well, according to a government watchdog.

A recent corporate assessment by the Audit Commission gave the authority three stars out of a possible four.

This has pushed the council’s overall performance assessment score, which takes into account a number of other factors such as performance in education, social services and culture, to the highest possible four stars.

A glowing report portrays a council which is strongly led and has a clear vision for the future of the borough. It also has clear accountability for performance management, according to inspectors.

The Local Strategic Partnership, which has overseen a widespread systematic failure to monitor the spending of millions of pounds earmarked to help the poor, is described as “well led and focused in its approach to meeting community priorities”.

The council is now the only previously-failing authority to achieve the four-star rating.

Council Leader, Cllr Clyde Loakes, said: "Being told that Waltham Forest is a four star council is a significant reward for the council, its staff and our residents.

“The rating demonstrates how far the Council has come since 2002, and the changes that have been made to improve quality of life of local people.

“But, for me, what really counts is what residents think of the services they receive and I know that we have a lot more work to do to continue to improve services.”

Deputy leader John Macklin, who has called for Cllr Loakes to step down as chair of the LSP, said improvements were down to the increased influence of the Liberal Democrats on a Labour-led council.

He said: “There has undeniably been a correlation between the growing number of Liberal Democrat councillors elected by residents in Waltham Forest, our joining of the joint administration in 2002 and the Audit Commission’s award of vastly improved ratings for the Council.”

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10:55am Tue 9 Sep 08

Morris Hickey says...

The system is little more than a gross self-deception. It's a box-ticking exercise for which "training" is available from consultants. Provided the Audit Commission's spot-checking system doesn't catch you out, you're through the hoops.

A farce. Residents know the reality.
The system is little more than a gross self-deception. It's a box-ticking exercise for which "training" is available from consultants. Provided the Audit Commission's spot-checking system doesn't catch you out, you're through the hoops. A farce. Residents know the reality. Morris Hickey
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2:26pm Tue 9 Sep 08

Walthamster says...

The Local Strategic Partnership (chaired by WF council leader Clyde Loakes) has overseen a systematic failure to monitor the spending of millions of pounds earmarked to help the poor - a matter that's now in the hands of the Fraud Squad.

But it is described by the Audit Commission as “well led and focused in its approach to meeting community priorities”.

If the auditors had even bothered to read reports in the local newspaper, they might have thought twice. The investigation has been known and ongoing for a long time. That says it all about the value of this Audit Commission report!



The Local Strategic Partnership (chaired by WF council leader Clyde Loakes) has overseen a systematic failure to monitor the spending of millions of pounds earmarked to help the poor - a matter that's now in the hands of the Fraud Squad. But it is described by the Audit Commission as “well led and focused in its approach to meeting community priorities”. If the auditors had even bothered to read reports in the local newspaper, they might have thought twice. The investigation has been known and ongoing for a long time. That says it all about the value of this Audit Commission report! Walthamster
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6:59pm Tue 9 Sep 08

Technomist says...

I see you censored my comment.

For those who missed it, I was drawing an analogy, pointing out how out of touch leaders get when coming to the end of their time in power. This can be reinforced when the regime they are part of feeds off the propaganda inputs to its own informational echo chamber.

The audit commission's views are a fantasy. Everyone knows this. It ignores the facts. The tragic truth is that accounting probity was compromised.

As for there being clear accountability: that is not the case. Yet.
I see you censored my comment. For those who missed it, I was drawing an analogy, pointing out how out of touch leaders get when coming to the end of their time in power. This can be reinforced when the regime they are part of feeds off the propaganda inputs to its own informational echo chamber. The audit commission's views are a fantasy. Everyone knows this. It ignores the facts. The tragic truth is that accounting probity was compromised. As for there being clear accountability: that is not the case. Yet. Technomist
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7:23pm Tue 9 Sep 08

Love This Borough says...

"If the auditors had even bothered to read reports in the local newspaper, they might have thought twice"

It isn't only news in the local paper, check out this week's Times Education Supplement:

http://www.tes.co.uk
/article.aspx?storyc
ode=6002028
"If the auditors had even bothered to read reports in the local newspaper, they might have thought twice" It isn't only news in the local paper, check out this week's Times Education Supplement: http://www.tes.co.uk /article.aspx?storyc ode=6002028 Love This Borough
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11:52pm Tue 9 Sep 08

mdj says...

There can only be one rational explanation for this report's verdict: someone in Switzerland pressed the switch on that Death-Ray Accelerator Thingy by accident a day early. Through an inter-galactic wormhole came the Audit Commission report on a parallel Waltham Forest in the Fifth Dimension, where everything's hunky-dory. Somewhere out there is a Doppel-Loakes, wise as Solon and honest as old Abe Lincoln, completely baffled why the Fraud Squad are kicking down his door.
A Black Hole is developing, consuming first St James St Library, then the Dog Track, and swirling the public toilets one by one into its inexorable vortex.
The Truth is Out There...
There can only be one rational explanation for this report's verdict: someone in Switzerland pressed the switch on that Death-Ray Accelerator Thingy by accident a day early. Through an inter-galactic wormhole came the Audit Commission report on a parallel Waltham Forest in the Fifth Dimension, where everything's hunky-dory. Somewhere out there is a Doppel-Loakes, wise as Solon and honest as old Abe Lincoln, completely baffled why the Fraud Squad are kicking down his door. A Black Hole is developing, consuming first St James St Library, then the Dog Track, and swirling the public toilets one by one into its inexorable vortex. The Truth is Out There... mdj
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9:25am Wed 10 Sep 08

jrp says...

"WALTHAM FOREST residents are being served by a council that performs very well"

I can hardly type for laughing.......thats the funniest thing I've heard all year.
"WALTHAM FOREST residents are being served by a council that performs very well" I can hardly type for laughing.......thats the funniest thing I've heard all year. jrp
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10:23am Wed 10 Sep 08

mdj says...

There is, of course , a more fanciful explanation that might appeal to fantasists and conspiracy theorists. Our recent Chief Executive, Roger Taylor, famed in the chronicles of Private Eye for his decades of selfless public service, is a member of the Audit Commission.
Personally I prefer the more prosaic theory I posted earlier.
There is, of course , a more fanciful explanation that might appeal to fantasists and conspiracy theorists. Our recent Chief Executive, Roger Taylor, famed in the chronicles of Private Eye for his decades of selfless public service, is a member of the Audit Commission. Personally I prefer the more prosaic theory I posted earlier. mdj
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10:51am Wed 10 Sep 08

Morris Hickey says...

mdj

I am almost overwhelmed. I had long since thought the CPA system was stupid. Am I to inderstand from your post that the system is also corrupt? Corruption in local government?
mdj I am almost overwhelmed. I had long since thought the CPA system was stupid. Am I to inderstand from your post that the system is also corrupt? Corruption in local government? Morris Hickey
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12:51pm Mon 15 Sep 08

Walthamster says...

Mdj, I can handle the Black Hole theory, as I have long thought policy-makers at Waltham Forest council came from some different planet. But is Roger Taylor really on the Audit Commission? How is this legal?
Mdj, I can handle the Black Hole theory, as I have long thought policy-makers at Waltham Forest council came from some different planet. But is Roger Taylor really on the Audit Commission? How is this legal? Walthamster
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1:03pm Mon 15 Sep 08

Walthamster says...

Wait a minute, I've just done a bit of Internet searching and discovered the previous chief exec, Jacquie Dean, who left for 'personal reasons' in Feb 2007, "joined the Council from the Audit Commission in October 2003 where she was an Associate Director". Jacquie Dean was not renowned for her knowledge of the borough she was highly paid to serve. She is best known for calling the borough's most famous son, socialist artist William Morris, a "white imperialist".

So these people move between the Audit Commission and the councils it is meant to inspect?

how very cosy.

Wait a minute, I've just done a bit of Internet searching and discovered the previous chief exec, Jacquie Dean, who left for 'personal reasons' in Feb 2007, "joined the Council from the Audit Commission in October 2003 where she was an Associate Director". Jacquie Dean was not renowned for her knowledge of the borough she was highly paid to serve. She is best known for calling the borough's most famous son, socialist artist William Morris, a "white imperialist". So these people move between the Audit Commission and the councils it is meant to inspect? how very cosy. Walthamster
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1:47am Sat 20 Sep 08

Morris Hickey says...

They're probably all members of "Common Purpose".
They're probably all members of "Common Purpose". Morris Hickey
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