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Team of the year

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Winner: Tower Hamlets LBC – Substance Misuse Service

The service comprises a drug and alcohol action team responsible for policies to minimise harm associated with substance misuse, while the drug intervention programme is a frontline organisation embedded throughout criminal justice services to work with individuals whose criminal or anti-social behaviour is related to their drug or alcohol use. Its work significantly impacts on broader community safety and so provides a service indirectly for most of the borough’s residents. In 2016-17, its achievements included having the highest number of individuals engaged in treatment in London, at 2,115.


Judges’ comments: Our winner was a stand-out entry that comprehensively demonstrated achievements across all the category objectives. It showcased fantastic team work and passion for change, with clear outcomes for residents and the wider community. 



Aylesbury Vale DC: Collection crews

Barnet LBC: Transforming planning

Barnsley MBC: Code Green

Essex CC: Essex Social Care Academy

Luton BC: Integrated discharge team

Pembrokeshire CC: First Contact Team

Stevenage BC: Play Champions

Thanet DC: Housing team

Vale of Glamorgan Council: Barry Island Resort Team



Simon Edwards, chief executive, County Councils Network

Sal Khan, chief executive, East Staffordshire BC

Graeme McDonald, managing director, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers

Rachael Shimmin, chief executive, Buckinghamshire CC

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