Hertfordshire County Council makes shortlist for best of the year contest
PUBLISHED: 06:25 21 December 2011
HERTFORDSHIRE County Council is in the running to be named Council of the Year in the Local Government Chronicle Awards.
The council’s submission included its key achievements:
* Saving £88m from the annual budget while protecting frontline services.
* Achieving an ‘excellent’ rating for adult care from the Care Quality Commission.
* Enhancing the role of councillors in the community through the Hertfordshire Local programme.
* Improving its Ofsted rating for children’s services to ‘performing well’.
Council leader Robert Gordon said: “It’s testament to the hard work, innovation and commitment of our staff that we have been shortlisted for this sought-after accolade.
“Financial constraints mean this has been an extremely challenging time for the council, but we’ve taken a fundamental look at the way the whole organisation works and in many cases, produced a better service as a result.”
The five other councils in the running are Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, Chelmsford Borough Council and Durham County Council.
The winner will be announced in March.