Durham picks up Council of the Year award

Durham picks up Council of the Year award

Durham picks up Council of the Year award

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The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

THE North-East’s biggest council has celebrated being named the best in the country, the day after it reached its fifth birthday.

Councillor Pauline Charlton, chairman of Durham County Council, formally presented the Council of the Year trophy to leader Simon Henig at County Hall today (Wednesday, April 2), the Labour-led authority having won the top honour at the 2014 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards last month.

Coun Henig said he was delighted to accept the prize, on behalf of the council’s staff, councillors and partners.

“This is probably the most prestigious award in local government.

“It’s testimony to the hard work of so many people.

“Our emphasis has been on our partnership working as well as our economic focus and our Year of Culture (2013).

“It really puts a seal on a successful first five years as a unitary authority and it’s all been achieved despite huge funding cuts.”

The council, which became a unitary authority following the abolition of County Durham’s two-tier council structure in April 2009, is facing more than £240m of cuts between 2010 and 2017.

Coun Charlton thanked all councillors and council staff for their “hard work in doing the best they can for residents and local communities”.

This year’s LGC Awards attracted a record-breaking 640 entries.

Judges praised Durham’s work in supporting businesses, transferring community assets to voluntary and other groups, engaging with its staff and the public and contributing to the development of the region.

Durham was also highly commended in the efficiency category, for its work on waste management, recycling and rubbish collection.

LGC editor Nick Golding said: “Durham County Council demonstrates the level of innovation in British local government today.

“Our judges were extremely impressed by the quality of entries. At a time when resources are scarce councils are innovating to ensure they provide residents with the best quality services.”

Elsewhere, South Tyneside Council won the public health award and Gateshead Council’s cleaning team won the best team of the year prize.

The winners were announced at a ceremony held at Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on Wednesday, March 12.

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1:55pm Wed 2 Apr 14

rat man says...

I am speechless with rage!!!!!
I am speechless with rage!!!!! rat man
  • Score: 10

2:19pm Wed 2 Apr 14

studio says...

I thought April fools day was yesterday? My mistake.
I thought April fools day was yesterday? My mistake. studio
  • Score: 12

2:25pm Wed 2 Apr 14

David Lacey says...

Simply unbelievable.
Simply unbelievable. David Lacey
  • Score: 8

3:05pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Thisismyyear2014 says...

Ha just weight till next year when everyone is throwing grass and plants everywhere I'm not paying £20 to get my Bin emptied
Ha just weight till next year when everyone is throwing grass and plants everywhere I'm not paying £20 to get my Bin emptied Thisismyyear2014
  • Score: 10

3:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

DURHAM CITY says...

Laugh a minute
Laugh a minute DURHAM CITY
  • Score: 3

3:28pm Wed 2 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

Eh...Someone is having a Big, big Giraffe... Quote, 'I'm not taking that extra bag of rubbish away mate, *****health and safety and not my job.******* Well whose job is it then ?............ when working people pay 'thousands in Council Tax' through the nose, to keep people in a Job.
Eh...Someone is having a Big, big Giraffe... Quote, 'I'm not taking that extra bag of rubbish away mate, *****health and safety and not my job.******* Well whose job is it then ?............ when working people pay 'thousands in Council Tax' through the nose, to keep people in a Job. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 1

3:30pm Wed 2 Apr 14

cushybutterfield says...

Refer to the Daily Mail, the recent 'Laurel and Hardy' photo,.... very apt clip. That paper is definitely on the Ball.
Refer to the Daily Mail, the recent 'Laurel and Hardy' photo,.... very apt clip. That paper is definitely on the Ball. cushybutterfield
  • Score: -2

7:56pm Wed 2 Apr 14

IanfromCrook says...

Who voted?
How much did it cost?
Okay I will be kind DCC have been justly awarded it......but that begs the question how bad were the other nominees?
Who voted? How much did it cost? Okay I will be kind DCC have been justly awarded it......but that begs the question how bad were the other nominees? IanfromCrook
  • Score: 7

8:26pm Wed 2 Apr 14

bambara says...

Excellent news, and proof that the bileous rantings of the Tory propoganda merchants who decry the work done by our local representatives have no more truth to them than the utterances of their masters in London.

Congratulations to our representatives at County Hall, and to the many hard working ordinary people who have done the region proud, and worked extremely hard despite the cuts to funding imposed so unequally and unfairly on councils outside of the Tory heartlands.
Excellent news, and proof that the bileous rantings of the Tory propoganda merchants who decry the work done by our local representatives have no more truth to them than the utterances of their masters in London. Congratulations to our representatives at County Hall, and to the many hard working ordinary people who have done the region proud, and worked extremely hard despite the cuts to funding imposed so unequally and unfairly on councils outside of the Tory heartlands. bambara
  • Score: -13

9:47pm Wed 2 Apr 14

K. Richardson says...

So let me get this straight. The LSG is an inhouse publication for back patting the army of mouse clickers up and down the country paid for by you dear readers and it just voted DCC the best of the best.
What next. Mid Staffs voted health provider of the year ?
So let me get this straight. The LSG is an inhouse publication for back patting the army of mouse clickers up and down the country paid for by you dear readers and it just voted DCC the best of the best. What next. Mid Staffs voted health provider of the year ? K. Richardson
  • Score: 6

9:50pm Wed 2 Apr 14

K. Richardson says...

LSG, LGC... who cares, It's a waste of money.
LSG, LGC... who cares, It's a waste of money. K. Richardson
  • Score: 5

11:33pm Wed 2 Apr 14

DURHAM CITY says...

bambara wrote:
Excellent news, and proof that the bileous rantings of the Tory propoganda merchants who decry the work done by our local representatives have no more truth to them than the utterances of their masters in London.

Congratulations to our representatives at County Hall, and to the many hard working ordinary people who have done the region proud, and worked extremely hard despite the cuts to funding imposed so unequally and unfairly on councils outside of the Tory heartlands.
Working hard cough cough ? haha
[quote][p][bold]bambara[/bold] wrote: Excellent news, and proof that the bileous rantings of the Tory propoganda merchants who decry the work done by our local representatives have no more truth to them than the utterances of their masters in London. Congratulations to our representatives at County Hall, and to the many hard working ordinary people who have done the region proud, and worked extremely hard despite the cuts to funding imposed so unequally and unfairly on councils outside of the Tory heartlands.[/p][/quote]Working hard cough cough ? haha DURHAM CITY
  • Score: -1

11:48pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Nicholas_Till says...

It all puts me in mind of the flattering masques staged at the court of Charles I. Their extravagance riled the tax-payers of the day.

Mind, I imagine the masques made better viewing.
It all puts me in mind of the flattering masques staged at the court of Charles I. Their extravagance riled the tax-payers of the day. Mind, I imagine the masques made better viewing. Nicholas_Till
  • Score: 1

10:03pm Fri 4 Apr 14

K. Richardson says...

Don't like the response ?
Take it off the site after minute one.
I love unbiased reporting me.
Don't like the response ? Take it off the site after minute one. I love unbiased reporting me. K. Richardson
  • Score: 1

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