Two silver public sector awards have been presented to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils for working together.
Today’s presentation follows an award ceremony last month when the councils were awarded silver in the Council of the Year category of the 2018 Public Sector Transformation Awards as well as silver in the Working Together category.
Dr Andrew Larner, Chief Executive of iESE, the organisation which run the awards to recognise the best in local public services, visited the councils’ headquarters at Endeavour House in Ipswich to present the awards and meet councillors and staff.
The Leader of Babergh District Council, Councillor John Ward, accepted the Council of the Year silver award on behalf of both councils and Mid Suffolk District Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor John Whitehead, received the silver Working Together award on behalf of both authorities.
The councils were one of just three finalists shortlisted for the Working Together award. The judges were so impressed with the submission that they entered Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils into the overall Council of the Year Award as well.
Councillor Ward said: “These awards are fantastic achievements – particularly as the competition from other public services across the country was so tough. I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work and congratulate them on this national recognition of how our councils are working together for local communities.”
Councillor Whitehead said: “All the councils’ staff should be feeling very proud. These awards recognise how everyone has worked together to deliver excellent public services for our residents. We have made great progress through our partnership working and the awards are an independent verification of everything we have achieved so far.”
Dr Andrew Larner said: “It was great to come and meet the staff at Babergh and Mid Suffolk who are working together so successfully. The judges felt they had demonstrated not just commitment but an impact and this resulted in the councils being entered into the Council of The Year category. It is a phenomenal achievement for councils to do so well on their first year of entering the awards and this is down to the hard work of staff. The judges were also impressed by the councils’ clear ambition and aspiration to do more.”
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