Stockton Council has been shortlisted for the fourth year in a row for the prestigious Council of the Year Award in the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards.
Stockton Council won the award in 2010 and was shortlisted again in 2011 and 2012.
As well as being nominated by APSE for the Council of the Year Award, Stockton has also been nominated in four separate service award categories:
- Best Local Democracy Initiative
- Best Service Team: Parks, Grounds and Horticultural
- Best Service Team: Waste and Refuse Management
- Best Service Team: Building/Facilities Cleaning
Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton Council, said: “It’s a great achievement to be one of only six local authorities across the country to have been shortlisted for this year’s overall Council of the Year award. The Council’s teams strive to meet the high expectations of Stockton’s residents so we are also delighted to be nominated in the four separate award categories which recognise excellence in front line services.“
Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of Stockton Council, added: “These are really tough times for local councils and it’s great that our staff continue to remain focussed and committed to delivering quality services for Stockton’s residents, businesses and visitors.
“This recognition from APSE and our peers follows the really positive feedback we had from last year’s Ipsos MORI survey of our residents as well as a recent national study that identified Stockton as one of the best places in the country to do business.
“It’s always very nice to receive this kind of recognition but at the same time we are far from complacent. We know we don’t get everything right all of the time but we also do a lot of things very well and that is a credit to our hardworking and dedicated staff.”
Announcing the finalists, Councillor John Kerr Brown, APSE National Chair, said: “Whether emptying bins or sweeping streets or providing good school dinners for the UK’s children local council frontline services are there day in and day out for their local communities. These awards recognise those frontline services are leading the way in UK public services, and deserve national recognition for their contribution to local neighbourhoods.”
The award winners will be announced by APSE on Thursday, 5 September.