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Delight as council shortlisted for prestigious award

Published Friday 10 November 2017

Harborough District Council has been shortlisted for an award recognising its commitment to efficiency and value for money.

The LGC Awards, run by the Local Government Chronicle, are the biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the local government sector. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House on 21 March 2018.

Harborough District Council has been nominated in the ‘efficiency’ category – alongside five other organisations.

The nomination recognises the council’s successes in finding savings, generating income, and its strong focus on economic growth.  

Councillor Phil King, deputy leader of Harborough District Council said: “I am delighted we have been short-listed in the face of such strong competition. The council and its employees deserve this recognition for their hard work and dedication on behalf of local council taxpayers to deliver a more efficient council.”

Blaby District Council has also been shortlisted in the Public / Partnership category for its work on The Lightbulb Project. The programme includes all seven Leicestershire district councils – including Harborough District Council – and other organisations, and helps vulnerable people live independently in their homes as safely as possible.

Awards organisers said the quality of entries this year was extremely high, with entrants demonstrating the sort of outstanding innovation required to ensure services can flourish in difficult times.

LGC editor Nick Golding said: “To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows a council service is among the country’s most innovative, and doing the most to support the needs of residents as councils face budget cuts. We should salute the council officers and councillors doing the most to ensure our vital public services thrive in the era of austerity.”

View the full LGC Awards 2018 shortlist here