North Ayrshire Council is in the running to be named UK Council of the Year for the fourth successive year.
The Council has been shortlisted for the top honour after receiving no fewer than 11 individual nominations in a prestigious national awards scheme.
Only authorities which are shortlisted in four or more individual Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) Award categories are considered for the Council of the Year title, and North Ayrshire is one of only nine Councils from across the UK to make the coveted 2017 final.
The APSE awards recognise and reward innovation which has resulted in improved levels of service to local communities and people.
Hundreds of submissions were received from local authorities across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales in 22 categories.
North Ayrshire Council has been shortlisted in the following categories:
- Best Workforce Initiative
- Best Efficiency and Transformation Initiative
- Best Collaborative Working Initiative (with other public sector or third sector)
- Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative (inc. Community Safety)
- Best Renewable Energy or Energy Efficiency Initiative
- Best Service Team of the Year – Construction and Building Service
- Best Service Team of the Year – Catering Service
- Best Service Team of the Year – Highways, Winter Maintenance and Street Lighting Service
- Best Service Team of the Year – Transport and Fleet Maintenance Service
- Best Service Team of the Year – Waste Management and Recycling Service
- Best Service Team of the Year – Street Cleansing and Streetscene Service (Public Realm)
North Ayrshire Council Chief Executive Elma Murray said: “This is great news for North Ayrshire and testament to the ground-breaking work that our Councillors encourage and staff deliver.
“To be shortlisted in 11 categories shows the innovation, progress and hard work being carried out across a very wide range of different services to improve the lives of the people of North Ayrshire.
“And to reach the final stage of the ‘Council of the Year’ award for the fourth consecutive year is an even greater achievement – it really illustrates that even though we are not a large authority, we continue to punch above our weight and compete at the highest level with Councils right across the UK.”
The winners of the awards will be announced at the APSE Annual Seminar on Thursday, 7 September.