Rushcliffe Borough Council has been shortlisted for Local Authority of the Year at the forthcoming prestigious Municipal Journal (MJ) awards to be announced in London in June.
The authority is the only district or borough council in the UK to have made the final six for the award and will now go head-to- head with some of the best unitary authorities in the country.
The Council’s Chief Executive Kath Marriott was part of a team presenting and taking part in a question and answer session on behalf of the Council to a panel of judges in the capital earlier today (Thursday).
She said: “Being shortlisted for Local Authority of the Year is great news and highlights further to our residents and fellow industry professionals of how we deliver reliable local services, whilst being financially self-sufficient, commercially minded and forward thinking.
“It is an achievement to reach this stage, to be acknowledged in the same breath as other successful Councils with significantly larger populations and resources and we are proud of our members and staff and honoured to represent the Rushcliffe community we serve.
“We deserve our chance to be up there and compared with the very best councils in the country.”
They face Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Leeds City Council, Salford City Council, Swansea City Council and Wiltshire Council in the final six for the accolade.
The winner will be announced on June 23 at a ceremony that recognises local government success and innovation across a wide range of council services.
The MJ Editor, Heather Jameson said: “Our judges had a tough job selecting the finalists from such a strong list of entries, particularly considering the difficult environment in which council teams were operating.
“Still emerging from the aftermath of the pandemic, the team had to deal with the cost-of-living crisis, inflation, budgetary pressures and soaring demand on services and yet, judging by the quality of the entries, rose magnificently to the challenge.
“Their achievements will now be recognised and rightly praised by being shortlisted for an MJ Award.”