On 13 March, more than 1,000 of the most senior figures in British local government gathered at Grosvenor House, London to celebrate the sector’s greatest innovators.
They were attending the 23rd annual LGC Awards ceremony, held by leading title Local Government Chronicle and hosted by comedian, actor and writer Hugh Dennis. Winners of the 20 award categories are the councils doing the most to innovate to ensure they best serve residents in the era of austerity.
The winners of the awards were selected by panels featuring some of the country’s most respected council chief executives and other senior council officers who heard presentations and then interviewed representatives of the shortlisted councils.
Judging for the prestigious Council of the Year category took place on the day of the awards, following site visits by the judges to shortlisted authorities. Two senior figures of the council in question – most regularly the leader and chief executive – gave a presentation to the judges who then quizzed them on their aspirations for their areas.
Nick Golding, LGC’s editor, said:
"Councils shortlisted for an LGC Award have proved themselves to be among the nation’s most innovative."
"At a time when communities nationwide are reeling from uncertainty and continuing austerity, we need to celebrate the local leaders – both council officers and councillors – without whose inspiring work our cherished local services would be even further diminished."
"All too often the depth of talent in local government is not sufficiently appreciated but the LGC Awards are unashamedly about celebrating those doing most to provide the services our communities require."
Congratulations to all the worthy winners, highly commended and everyone else that was shortlisted. Well done!
Thank you to all our judges and valued sponsors who make these awards possible.