Tameside Metropolitan BC named 'Council of the Year'

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council has been named Council of the Year in the 2016 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.

The award, sponsored by Zurich Municipal, was presented at the LGC Awards Ceremony in London. The council beat stiff competition from five other councils.

It was commended by the judges for demonstrating exceptional creativity and boldness as it seeks to provide a sustainable future for its residents in the face of government austerity.

Partnerships have been central to the growth and reform package assembled over the last 12 months. Working with Tameside College, it has launched Vision Tameside, the economic impact of which is expected to exceed £300m per year. In partnership with Matrix Homes and through the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, which Tameside Council administers, a new housing venture has also been launched.

Elsewhere, the borough is set to get three new advanced learning centres and a joint service centre, whilst Ashton-under-Lyne’s Victorian baths are also being transformed into a hub for start-up digital companies.

According to the judges, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council is “a bold and creative council which shows influence, realism and courage. It has demonstrated how its current ambition is the culmination of years of hard work.”

Each of the shortlisted councils was recognised for local government innovation to support the delivery of public services on smaller budgets.  They were Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Cornwall Council, Leeds City Council and Norwich City Council.

The ceremony marked the 20th Anniversary of the LGC Awards.

Andrew Jepp, director of public sector at Zurich Municipal, said:

“Despite the ongoing challenges our councils are facing, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council has demonstrated outstanding levels of creativity, courage and innovation to deliver the best possible service for its local communities. This is an impressive success story that has quite rightly been recognised. We’re proud to be supporting these awards which celebrate the important work of local councils up and down the country.”

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council has demonstrated outstanding levels of creativity, courage and innovation to deliver the best possible service for its local communities.”
Andrew Jepp, Director of Public Sector, Zurich Municipal

Nick Golding, editor of LGC, said: “It is vital that we celebrate the best of local government, not least as the talent and innovation of council officers and councillors is often not recognised to the extent it should be.

“The recipients of these awards are the people doing the most to improve services at a time resources are constrained. We should thank them for their great work.”

The full list of finalists can be found at here.