Glasgow City Council named council of the year

Glasgow City Council has been named Council of the Year in the 2015 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards. Glasgow City Council won the award, sponsored by Zurich Municipal, at last night’s LGC Awards Ceremony in London, beating stiff competition to win the title.

Glasgow City Council won the award for demonstrating exceptional leadership to deliver the successful Commonwealth Games and sustain economic growth. It has completed the first City Deal in Scotland. Despite a difficult economic climate, the Council is investing in local services and infrastructure and transforming the city’s reputation.

Glasgow City Council was amongst five councils shortlisted for the title last month, each of which were recognised for local government innovation to support the delivery of public services on smaller budgets.

The other nominees shortlisted for the award were the Councils for South Oxfordshire and Vale, East Riding of Yorkshire, Chelmsford and Cheshire West and Chester.

Overall, there were 663 entries for this year’s LGC awards, submitted by a record-breaking 222 organisations.

Andrew Jepp, director of public sector at Zurich Municipal, said: “Despite the ongoing challenges our councils are facing, Glasgow City Council has demonstrated outstanding levels of resourcefulness, drive and innovation to deliver the best possible service for local communities – an impressive success story that must be recognised. We’re proud to be supporting these awards which recognise the important work of local councils.”

Nick Golding, Editor of LGC, said: “To win LGC’s Council of the Year Award is a tremendous achievement, and is a testament to the fantastic work that Glasgow City Council is doing on a daily basis to serve and support local residents. With funding cuts continuing to place new pressures on our local councils, it is important that these awards recognise the work councils are doing to not only retain the standard of service to local communities, but to improve it. We are once again proud to celebrate the work of councils in a time of ongoing change.”

The full list of finalists can be found at