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NATIONAL AWARD FOR NORTHANTS LICENSING PARTNERSHIP

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The Northamptonshire Licensing Partnership has scooped a prestigious service award for the best public partnership ...
The Northamptonshire Licensing Partnership has scooped a prestigious service award for the best public partnership working initiative, beating competition from city and county councils in England and Scotland.

The project was identified by the award hosts Association of Public Service Excellence as 'a ground breaking project that has challenged services, people and the usual ways in which councils operate'.

The project was set up in January 2005 to manage the changes in the new licensing legislation to ensure all premises and persons had advice, assistance and their licenses issued on time. The unit operates on behalf of Corby, Kettering, East Northamptonshire, Wellingborough and Daventry DCs.

The project saw an idea, developed it into an innovative way of working which resulted in excellent customer service and resource savings for the local authorities involved.

Mike Deacon, head of environment services at East Northamptonshire Council, said:

'The authorities involved are really pleased about winning this award, the project overcame many obstacles and apart from achieving the main objective of providing good customer services it has also provided Northamptonshire with a platform on which to build future partnership working opportunities.'

Corby BC leader Pat Fawcett said:

'Congratulations to everyone involved, it is fantastic that we can deliver such a service to the public and have this officially recognised. This just goes to show how important it is and how much can be achieved by working in partnership together.'

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