Hart District Council has been shortlisted in the national Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards for the Best Service Delivery Model category.
The entry, titled ‘The new collaborative Council’, focusses around the key themes of building blocks for success, including, being more entrepreneurial, innovating and transforming how services are provided through collaboration and most importantly planning for the long-term financial resilience.
Patricia Hughes, Joint chief executive of Hart District Council entered the award and said: “Our vision for Hart is clear; it’s about investing in our communities to improve quality of life. Our ambition for the district is to make it a great place to live, work, enjoy and contribute and be part of a strong community.
We know that working in isolation is no longer an option to delivering the high quality services our residents expect and deserve. We now start with an ethos of not, what can we do, but how we can work together collaboratively. Our collaborations have been successful which is recognised by being shortlisted in the national award.”
The Council has a range of outsourced and shared services with neighbouring authorities and from 2017, 70% of the Councils budgets are spent on collaboration and partnerships providing a mass of expertise, resilience and support to our residents. By working collaboratively, the Council has protected and enhanced services whilst making savings of £2.5 million in Revenue Support grant since 2014.
Cllr James Radley, Cabinet Member for Services at Hart District Council, said: “As a district Hart is growing both in terms of population and in economic activity. Our strategic focus is on ensuring that we are proactive in leveraging the opportunities while ensuring that we plan for growth in a manner which is sustainable and enhances our communities as a result.”
The awards, run by Local Government Chronicle, are the biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the local government sector. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House venue on 21 March 2018. Nearly 100 organisations have been shortlisted as finalists in the coveted awards, which recognise the best of local government innovation and service delivery.
The high quality of this year’s entries demonstrates local government’s enthusiasm to innovate in an era in which councils’ budgets have been cut. The awards seek to identify and recognise local government’s greatest innovators, whose achievements are often under reported.
With budgets at the forefront of priorities, it is even more important this year to shine a spotlight on the achievements of those councils whose pioneering best practice can inspire other councils to improve services.
LGC editor Nick Golding said: “To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows a council service is among the country’s most innovative, and doing the most to support the needs of local residents as councils face continuing budget cuts. We should salute the council officers and councillors doing the most to ensure our vital public services thrive in the era of austerity.”
Winners will be announced on 21 March 2018 at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane which will be attended by 1,100 people from local government and its partner organisations.
The full list of finalists can be found on the LGC Awards website.