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Community involvement

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Winner: Barnsley MBC

Barnsley MBC has established a consistent approach to engaging with communities through its ward alliances. These groups give councillors a strong community leadership role as well as equally sharing decision-making with community representatives. Through these arrangements Barnsley has inspired a social action movement; residents are getting involved in making a difference in their community. The council has become an enabler of community-led asset-based solutions.

Judge’s comments: “This council returned community spirit to communities. Transformational change in councillors led community development and involvement.”

Highly commended: City of London Corporation


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Kirsty Cole, deputy chief executive, Newark and Sherwood DC

Adrian Lythgo, former chief executive, Kirklees Council

Mike Suarez, chief executive, Cheshire East Council

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