|Wigan Council in the running for council of the year award
Wigan Council has been shortlisted for the prestigious LGC Awards 2019 just months after The Deal was hailed as the future for health services by The Kings Fund.
The council has been announced as a finalist for Council of the Year at the awards which recognise excellence in local government across the country.
Wigan Council will go up against Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cornwall Council, Coventry County Council, Hull City Council and North East Lincolnshire Council for the award which will be announced next year.
The nomination comes just months after the council’s flagship reform programme The Deal was hailed as the model that health organisations should replicate due to its success here in the borough.
Judges have been impressed by the impact The Deal has had on the borough despite being the third worst affected by cuts in funding from Central Government over the last eight years.
LGC editor Nick Golding said: “The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation is providing the best services for residents, despite local government facing enormous budget cuts.
“The officers and councillors of shortlisted councils deserve enormous credit for thinking of new ways to deliver the best services, ensuring vital services thrive in the era of austerity.”
Leader of Wigan Council Councillor David Molyneux welcomed the nomination.
He said: “To be shortlisted in such a prestigious category at these national awards is a great accolade for the council and acknowledgement of all that has been achieved through The Deal. We have taken tough but fair decisions that have helped us to maximise the support we can give to communities through innovative schemes like the Community Investment Fund. Despite the heavy cuts in funding we are still able to give residents first class care through programmes like our reablement service, the only one in the country to be ranked outstanding, and our children’s services being ranked good with outstanding elements such as adoption by Ofsted.
“The recognition Wigan Council gets on a national level is down to the hard work of our brilliant staff. And we look forward to telling our story of growth through reforming services by closer working with partners and our person-centred approach focusing on residents’ strengths to the judges in the coming months.”
The council will be assessed by a panel of judges before finding out if it has been successful in March 2019.