Peterborough City Council has been announced as a finalist for 'Council of the Year' in the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Service Delivery Awards 2016.
This coveted award recognises the best and most innovative local authority in the UK. Focusing on the delivery of frontline services, the award seeks to celebrate councils that are achieving excellent results.
The city council was shortlisted after presenting best practice case studies in a number of APSE Service Award categories. The council entered to highlight its commitment to innovative ideas that improve local services.
As part of this, the city council has been shortlisted in a further eight categories:
- Best housing, regeneration or new build initiative - Peterborough Investment Partnership for Fletton Quays development
- Best public/private partnership working initiative - Open+ libraries initiative which saw technology installed to allow libraries to remain open longer
- Best public/public partnership - SaferPeterborough partnership crime and disorder work
- Best innovation and demand management initiative - Open+ libraries initiative
- Best renewable energy/energy efficiency initiative - Peterborough Energy Programme
- Best team (cemetery and cremation services): bereavement team
- Best team (sport, leisure and cultural services) - Open+ libraries team
- Best team (environmental health service): nominated for the initiative 'Silent killers: tackling the hidden dangers to life and welfare' which tackled the issues of carbon monoxide poisoning in food premises and infection control around tattoo parlours.
Councillor John Holdich, leader of the city council, said: “This is great news and it's recognition of the level of innovation that our officers deliver on behalf of residents.
“These are challenging times for local government and we should be proud that Peterborough is leading the way in delivering the best possible services for local people.
“We want a city that offers the best opportunities for education, prosperity and a good quality of life. We would not be achieving any of this without the hard work of so many of our officers and partners. I thank them all and will be keeping my fingers crossed for a win on 8 September.”
Paul O’Brien, APSE chief executive, said: “It is great to see local authorities across the UK performing so well, despite the pressures they are currently under and the changes they face to their services. This award is an excellent way of showing that their efforts are highly valued. I am delighted to support these councils as they continue to improve services for the public.”
The finalists of the Overall Council of the Year Award 2016 are Aberdeen City Council, Bournemouth Borough Council, North Ayrshire Council, Nottingham City Council, Oxford City Council and Stockton on Tees Borough Council.