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What do the ratings assess?
The ratings are a measure of the quality of care provided to adults and children by England's 150 social services departments. The departments are ranked on a scale of zero to three stars - or poor to excellent - to give a simple gauge of their performance. However, to date only 142 overall ratings have been fully assessed - the remaining eight are expected to be published by the end of the year.
Who assesses the councils?
The independent Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) carries out the monitoring and inspection of social services. This is the second year the commission has …