NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCILS “BEST IN CLASS” FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
NI’s 2020 Local Government Awards has now reached finalist stage! The response from all councils and partners to this year’s campaign has been fantastic with almost 60 entries across eight categories.
The Awards showcase brilliance in service provision, new initiatives and personal commitment from councils, councillors, staff and partners. They offer public and peer recognition whilst motivating those delivering and sustaining front line and other key council services. The categories foster innovation, exceptional commitment and great work, providing opportunities for local government’s staff and members to step forward and learn from great example.
Councillor Frances Burton, NILGA President, said “Councils across Northern Ireland continue to undertake valuable work and dedicate time and resources in order to modernise and improve their areas for local communities, businesses and visitors – as well as wider government and civic society.
“The Local Government Awards are testimony to these services for local people as well as offering benchmarks for wider government and civic society. They provide fantastic learning tools for councils, in an environment where every penny counts.
“We can do things better by learning from the best. This is something NILGA is passionate about, and it is reflected in each of our ambitious and resourceful councils”.
APSE Chief Executive, Paul O'Brien said “Local councils are the glue that hold communities together. Whether delivering on wonderful parks or collecting bins to attracting businesses and engaging in arts, culture and leisure activities it is the efforts of these frontline service teams that make a real difference at a local level. All the finalist councils are deserving of the highest recognition”.
The Awards cover eight categories and sponsor partners / support bodies contributing are: Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE); William Johnston Memorial Trust (WJMT); Enterprise Northern Ireland; Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE); Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA); National Association of Councillors (NAC); Sustainable NI and Tourism NI.
Nominees were judged by an independent panel and the finalist councils in each category will be invited to the Gala Awards Recognition Evening as the culmination of the annual Local Government Conference, “The Future of Local Government” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast, on Thursday 20th February 2020.
The finalists for the 2020 Local Government Awards (in alphabetical order by council) are: -
BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY SERVICE TEAM
Sponsored by the Association for Public Service Excellence [APSE]
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by the William Johnston Memorial Trust [WJMT]
BEST ENTERPRISE INITIATIVE BY A COUNCIL
Sponsored by Enterprise Northern Ireland
BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY COMMUNITY PLANNING INITIATIVE
Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Branch of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers [SOLACE NI]
BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY ELECTED MEMBER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association [NILGA]
BEST INITIATIVE BY A COUNCILLOR / COUNCILLOR GROUP
Sponsored by the National Association of Councillors [NAC]
BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY TOURISM INITIATIVE
Sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland
EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY BY A LOCAL AUTHORITY
Sponsored by Sustainable NI
The supporting bodies are who are contributing financially and administratively to the Local Government Awards: