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Audit Commission v Ealing LBC

[2005] EWCA Civ 556

Case summary last updated at 05/01/2020 17:43 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Audit Commission v Ealing LBC

The Audit Commission has the power under legislation to rate the performance of local authorities and categorised E’s performance as “weak”. E sought judicial review on the grounds that the Audit Commission had acted unlawfully by adopting a rule which automatically downgraded a local authority which had received a zero rating from another statutory body, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (“CSCI”), in respect of its social services performance. It had thereby refused to apply its own mind to the reasons why CSCI gave that star rating and whether those reasons warranted downgrading. 
Keene LJ: The Audit Commission was aware of how the CSCI reached its conclusions and was content to adopt them in arriving at its own ratings.

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