Annual performance assessments that rate local councils on adult social care are to be scrapped once this year’s ratings are announced later this month.

Care services minister Paul Burstow told the National Children and Adult Services conference in Manchester the decision had been taken following input from the sector.

“You told us that the CQC’s annual assessment of commissioning isn’t the best way to tackle it, and we won’t be taking forward the assessments next year,” he said.

Care Quality Commission chief executive Cynthia Bower said the move would allow for the responsibility for performance to be devolved closer to local people.

“The annual performance assessment played an important role in driving improvements in council commissioning of care. However, we recognise the need for change,” she said. 

It is understood that details of the CQC’s new role will emerge in the coming months following talks with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Local Government Association, and Local Government Improvement and Development.

The CQC has said current performance scores for 2009-10 will be published later this month. However, councils would not be required to collate or submit data against the Our Health, Our Care, Our Say outcomes framework for the 2010-11 assessment year.