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Wigan Council shortlisted for two prestigious awards
Thursday 8th May, 2014

Wigan Council has been shortlisted for two major national awards.

The council is one of six nominated for the Best Achieving Council prize at The MJ Local Government Awards. Its joint adoption service WWiSH has also been shortlisted for the “Delivering Better Outcomes” prize.

The competition is held by the Municipal Journal magazine and supported by the Local Government Association. The Best Achieving Council award aims to highlight success across the entire council not just one department. Wigan is the only council from the North West shortlisted.

Judges were impressed by the council’s strong performance across a range of services despite a 30 per cent cut to funding from central government – one of the biggest cuts face by a local authority in the country. The focus on providing value for money and the council’s ambition to transform services by working more closely with residents, led by the Wigan Deal, was also highlighted by the judges.

Some of the council’s achievements included in the bid were:
  • Excellent support for education - 85 per cent of the borough’s schools are rated good or better by Ofsted

  • A national leader in supporting apprentices through the council

  • Recycling levels increased dramatically over the last 12 months – up by 12 per cent

  • Significant investment in a range of innovative projects including the Community Investment fund, the Wigan Life Programme, and the welfare reform support programme

  • Celebrating the success in the borough through the Believe in Wigan campaign.

Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, said: “While we have always had a good reputation, over the last year we’ve really gone from strength to strength. It’s wonderful to see our innovative approach of working with the community and the voluntary sector to transform services, has been recognised by the judges of such a prestigious award. The Best Achieving Council Award is seen as the top honour in local government and this is testament to the fantastic work done by our staff and councillors who work tirelessly through challenging times to serve one of the biggest boroughs in the country.

“We have a strong ethos of ‘one team, one council’ and it is clearly paying off. This is reflected in our staff sickness levels which have reduced dramatically and staff are reporting far greater levels of job satisfaction. We are also immensely proud of our customer satisfaction rating – 99 per cent for face to face meetings and 94 per cent for telephone calls. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the whole team at the council and our partners in the community for their commitment and loyalty which has led to the council appearing in this shortlist.”

The awards will be presented to winners by actor and comedian Hugh Dennis at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London on Thursday 19th June.

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