Council of the Year - LGC Awards 2021
LGC’s Council of the Year will be the council which has the most learning and inspiration to offer the rest of local government. In addition to demonstrating underlying sustained strong performance, innovation and excellent leadership across the broad spectrum of its work, the winning council’s entry should also reflect these attributes within its Covid-19 response.
Judges will be asked to disregard any advantages a council has based on its size or location, and they will not award Council of the Year on the basis of the scale of the Covid challenge a council has faced. The winner will be chosen on the basis of the delivery of strong outcomes, the quality of the council’s community leadership, and the evidence that the council is doing the best for its area, all in response to the specific challenge the council has faced both with regards to Covid and other areas of its work.
Judges will also look for qualities including resilience, compassion, inclusion and adaptability, as well as the quality of the council’s cooperation with partners.
This award is open to a council or, in exceptional circumstances, a partnership of councils – for instance when two councils share the same officer leadership.
Submissions should focus on:
• Summarising your council’s vision, its current objectives, the steps it is currently taking to achieving those objectives and your success in doing so, within the relevant timescale;
• Specific evidence of the quality of the council’s performance during the period in question, including performance of and outcomes achieved by the major services; community leadership and collaboration;
- Details of your local pandemic response and how you have supported your local community in a way which other councils can learn from;
- What makes your council distinctive;
- What you think makes your council excel and what you feel other councils could learn from what you have done;
- The council’s contribution to sector-led improvement.
Award entries will be judged on:
- The scale and underlying sustainability of the council’s achievements and the quality of the evidence to substantiate them;
- The quality of the council’s pandemic response, with evidence of strong place leadership, relatively successful outcomes, adaptability, innovation and successful work with partners;
- The boldness and likely deliverability of the council’s vision;
- The underlying success of the council in combining significant public service improvement and reform with budget cuts and efficiency savings;
- The contribution of the political and managerial leadership, partnership working and community engagement;
- The resilience of the council’s work in difficult times in areas including: economic growth, housing, the ageing society, health inequalities and children’s services;
- The council’s contribution to the wider local government sector;
This award will be judged through both a site visit by judges and by a presentation to judges. Entrants are urged to use the visit to give judges access to the people – officers, members, staff, the public and representatives of local public sector partners, the business community and third sector organisations – who can prove the council’s success in the above criteria.