Hertfordshire County Council makes shortlist for best of the year contest

PUBLISHED: 06:25 21 December 2011

County Hall, in Hertford

County Hall, in Hertford

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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.

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