|Ealing Council wins landmark case over 'weak' rating|
Judge rules that Audit Commission failed to 'apply its own mind'
Ealing Council has this week won a landmark case in the High Court, in an attempt to overturn the Audit Commission's 'weak' rating of their performance.
In the first case of its kind, judge Mr Justice Walker, said the Commission had allowed itself to be "dictated" to by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) before dropping the bombshell on Ealing in December last year.
"When we received our CPA rating in December we contacted the Commission to try and discuss the situation. We were told there was no room for discussion. We then sought legal advice, and a High Court judge ruled there was a case to answer."
A spokesman from the Audit Commission said, "We are studying this judgement carefully and will respond when we have had time to properly consider the implications; we have been given permission to appeal. We remain committed to Strategic Regulation, minimising bureaucracy and maximising the impact on local services and providing value for money for the taxpayer."
February 18th, 2005