Adur & Worthing Councils gain major recognition for their work for the second time this year
Adur & Worthing Councils have been shortlisted for a prestigious Council of the Year award - the second such recognition in 2020.
Leading local authority publication the Municipal Journal has today (thurs) announced the Councils have been picked out by judges for the strength of their activities over the year. Adur & Worthing are joining big cities such as Bristol and Aberdeen on the shortlist for the prize category at the Journal’s Achievement Awards.
Earlier this year Adur & Worthing Councils were also shortlisted for Council of the Year for the Local Government Chronicle Awards 2020. The Chronicle is another leading journal covering political and policy issues on local government. On that shortlist the Councils were the only district and borough authorities selected for the shortlist and, again, are up against much bigger city and metropolitan areas.
Both shortlists were compiled by specialist judges with extensive knowledge of the operations of local government. Announcements on the winners of both awards take place later this year.
On the latest announcement, Cllr Daniel Humphreys, leader of Worthing Borough Council, said, ‘I’m delighted by this news. It reflects fantastically well on Councils’ staff and the innovative work they are engaged upon to serve our communities.’
Cllr Neil Parkin, leader of Adur District Councils, said, ‘To be shortlisted once is fantastic enough for a council of our size but to be named twice in a year by the two leading journals that report and analyse local government is praise indeed.’
The judges were impressed by the range of activities the Councils were engaged in including pioneering digital work, well being initiatives in the community, the delivery of major building projects and their partnerships with scores of organisations and groups to improve local environments.
Although Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council are two separate political authorities they share staff services and collaborate on many policies which caught the judges’ eyes. They were the first authorities to merge staff services more than10 years ago, subsequently cost saving millions of pounds.