South Norfolk Council shortlisted for two national awards

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Originally released on 09/11/2017

South Norfolk Council is celebrating after being shortlisted for two national awards.

It was announced today (Thursday) that the Council has been shortlisted in two categories of the prestigious, national LGC Awards – as Entrepreneurial Council of the Year and in the Public / Public Partnership category for its work with the South Norfolk Help Hub.

Council Leader John Fuller said. “This is fantastic news. Being nominated in the Entrepreneurial Council of the Year category underlines the efforts that the Council is making to promote economic growth in the district and our understanding of the need to deliver infrastructure alongside housing, while finding new, efficient ways to deliver the services that our residents need.

“The recognition of our work with the Help Hub shows our determination to make sure that no one gets left behind. The Help Hub offers a single point of access to 15 agencies, all working together to provide the help that our vulnerable residents need at the time they need it.”

The awards, run by Local Government Chronicle, are the biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the local government sector and recognise the best of local government innovation and service delivery.

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.”

The partnership work of the Help Hub has also been recognised in a report, published this week, following an inspection of Norfolk Constabulary by HMIC. It says “Norfolk Constabulary has an impressive range of working arrangements, including the Early Help Hub in South Norfolk, where the force works with children’s services, an independent living team and a family intervention project as a one-stop shop to help the public. Following a thorough evaluation, a similar hub is now operating in Broadland District. Others are being developed in four more locations.”

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House venue on 21 March 2018. The full list of finalists can be found at awards.lgcplus.com