The pioneers in local government
The LGC Awards recognise those doing the most to ensure local services flourish, even as we approach a decade of austerity.
Those shortlisted for the awards are pioneers, seeking to do things differently to improve the quality and efficiency of public services. Their work directly benefits local populations; without their endeavours these would be even darker days for service users.
A chance to unite and celebrate
Through the awards’ 20 categories we seek to celebrate the drive and creativity demonstrated by council staff. Their work is made even more vital by the unprecedentedly challenging financial circumstances the sector faces. It deserves to be recognised despite the public often being indifferent to councils’ achievements and the media sometimes hostile to the sector.
The other aim of the awards is to champion and share the best new ideas across the sector. For us they do not end with the celebration on 13 March. Over the following year we will explore some of the most novel and effective shortlisted entries, in print and online, providing a further opportunity for the sector to learn from their peers. Shortlisted projects will feature heavily in Idea Exchange, LGC’s online innovation library.
It has never been more important for the sector to stick together. During a year that is set to bring difficult discussions over the future distribution of funding between councils, not to mention the perils of Brexit, the LGC Awards is an occasion to come together. Our judging process and ceremony are a chance for us to unite to celebrate successes of individuals, teams and councils, but also to reflect on the achievements of the sector as a whole during the most challenging period.
Huge congratulations are due to all those shortlisted. This is a major achievement. I must also thank our dedicated judges who give up their time to read entries and cross-examine finalists. Their knowledge and experience are vital. I would also like to thank our business partners, who not only make the awards possible but bring invaluable insight and expertise to the process.
In the next stage of the judging process, the representatives of shortlisted councils will come face to face with expert panels to present their cases and answer searching questions from the judges. In the Council of the Year category, we will again stage live judging on the day of the awards ceremony, following on from site visits to the councils themselves.
Nick Golding, editor, LGC