Council of the year 2014
Durham County Council was named council of the year 2014 Local Government Chronicle Awards, the biggest celebration and talent across the whole of Britain. There were a record breaking 640 entries submitted for the 2014 awards which publicise the highest quality service provision, best practice across local government and encourage different councils to take on new ideas.
After winning the Council of The Year award, the council was highly commended in the Efficiency category for its approach to waste management, refuse collection and recycling.
Nick Golding, Local Government Chronicle Editor said; ‘Durham County Council demonstrates the level of innovation in British local government today’.
‘Our judges were extremely impressed by the quality of the entries. At a time when resources are scarce council are innovating to ensure they provide residents with the best quality services’.
Durham’s overall performance in the competition was extremely impressive, with local businesses, community asset transfer, community and staff engagement, support of SMEs and contribution made to the wider areas.
Leader of Durham County Council, councillor Simon Henig said; ‘We are flattered that our peers in the local government sector nationally have judged us to be council of the year, acknowledge the constructive working relationships we have with local businesses, communities and our own employees’.
‘The award is also a positive reflection on our wider partnerships which see the business community and voluntary sectors working with the public sector to make County Durham altogether better’.