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Antrim And Newtownabbey Borough Council Awarded Charter Status

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council tonight (25th January 2016) received the prestigious Elected Member Development Charter award, a national standard of excellence gained by a small number of the UK’s 400+ local authorities.

This represents clear recognition of the council’s sustained commitment to developing and supporting councillor learning and community participation.

Speaking at the presentation of the award at Antrim Civic Centre on the 25th January 2016, Alderman Carla Lockhart, President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), emphasised Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough’s real achievement. All councillors interviewed as part of the assessment process spoke of how much they recognised and valued the officer support available to them. 

“NILGA led a detailed and arduous assessment to determine if Council met the Charter standard. Commitment, effective communication, officer – member partnership, community engagement, corporate and constituent level work, and learning gained, planned and required for each councillor to enhance their public service skills were assessed. Clearly, Antrim and Newtownabbey do in practice what is presented on paper, the local authority received a high score on many aspects, including its plans for continuous improvement of member learning and development as it plans for and invests in the community.

We congratulate both the councillors and officers of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council on their dynamic commitment to elected member development. I hope the example set will encourage all other councils to pursue this accreditation”, said Alderman Lockhart.

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