Devolution Award - LGC Awards 2019
This award is open to a council, group of councils, combined authority or LEP.
After decades of centralisation some powers have finally been returned to local areas in recent years, giving local leaders an opportunity to show they can do things better. This award is open to any council, group of councils, combined authorities, or local partnership, including local enterprise partnerships, which has/have successfully used devolved powers to make an impact. While it is still early days in the life of many new bodies and partnerships, recipients will be encouraged to demonstrate that they have changed the mood music of their local area, have some significant new ideas and to provide evidence that they are successfully making changes that will improve the lives of residents.
Submissions should focus on:
- A brief description of your organisation/partnership, including its governance, membership and remit
- A description of the particular local issues it is seeking to prioritise
- An account of how it is developing new policies and coordinating action to improve the local area and the lives of residents
- Evidence that it has been successful in its objectives, which could include data showing improved performance, a growing economy or a sense that their organisation is becoming embedded in the local consciousness.
Entries will be judged on:
- The quality of leadership shown by the local body
- The body receiving the devolved powers engaging with other partners, both central and local, and existing local government bodies to make a positive difference
- An understanding that it is prioritising the biggest local problems and is developing a coherent strategy to tackle them.
- The boldness of its vision for improving the local area.
- Evidence that it has been successful in improving the area