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Winner: Hammersmith & Fulham LBC – Community resilience taskforce

In the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire and the terrorist attack at Parsons Green tube station, Hammersmith & Fulham LBC created a taskforce to harness a huge desire of community organisations to help during an emergency. The council organised a hackathon to learn what they could offer, before developing an innovative one-stop shop extranet where residents, groups and businesses can access information and support in an emergency. The council has now created a robust network of local organisations dedicated to working together to benefit the community, and is truly leading the way in this innovative new approach. 

Judges’ comments: An inspiring example of truly innovative practice in a field often seen as the domain of solitary bodies, bringing communities together with a common purpose to address real threats to cohesion and public-safety.

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A word from the award’s sponsor

Hyperoptic is the UK’s largest and fastest-growing gigabit network provider. It delivers the nation’s fastest broadband speeds of up to 1Gbps (1,000 megabits per second), which is over 21 times faster than the UK average.

Working successfully with social landlords is a strategic priority for Hyperoptic. It is delivering services to over 50 councils across the UK at no cost to the taxpayer. The provision of its full fibre service is just one part of Hyperoptic’s market-leading offering. It also offers digital skills training and flexible products, such as rolling contracts and the UK’s lowest-priced broadband-only service.

Shortlisted

Barnet LBC with Regional Enterprise: An innovative approach to enforcement

Breckland DC: Transformation of a training consultancy service

City of London Corporation: London’s new online sexual health service

North East Lincolnshire Council: Insight-led marketing

Reigate & Banstead BC: An accessible, efficient tool for boundary reviews

Rochdale BC: Raising participation and skills

Watford BC with Modern Democracy: Modern Polling platform

Wirral MBC: Care leavers apprenticeships

JUDGES

Andrew Lewis, chief executive, Cheshire West & Chester Council

Graeme McDonald, director, Solace

Gavin Pidduck, senior account manager – social housing, Hyperoptic

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