Last night 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 22nd annual LGC Awards ceremony, held by leading title Local Government Chronicle and hosted by journalist and Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow. Winners of the 20 awards 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 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. The on-the-day live judging saw the leaders and chief executives of the councils in question make live presentations to judges who quizzed them on their aspirations for their areas. Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council won Council of the Year. Pictures of the evening will appear here shortly.
Nick Golding, LGC’s editor, said: “The LGC Awards are about celebrating the people and organisations doing the most to ensure their area succeeds. These people are true innovators, who are dedicated to local public service and improving their local area despite austerity.
“All too often these bold and tireless public servants are denied the recognition they deserve by the government and national media. Even local residents may take the efforts of council workforces for granted – but bins get emptied, areas get regenerated, older people supported and vulnerable children get the care they need.
“All of these tasks are performed by a workforce motivated by pride in their area, battling to support their local population despite the loss of staff and brutal cuts.
“The LGC Awards are about giving these people their rightful place in the spotlight and thanking them for their great work for local populations.”