London Borough of Hounslow has been crowned Council of the Year at the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards Ceremony last night.
Published: Friday, 5th November 2021
Hounslow beat off strong competition from across the country in what the LGC described as a “truly epic year for the LGC Awards,” with a near record number of entries.
Judges named Hounslow the best Council in the country for consistently delivering high quality services and making significant improvements to the lives of its residents. The accolade was received by a team from Hounslow including the Leader of the Council, Steve Curran and CEO Niall Bolger, overcoming strong competition from fellow finalists Caerphilly CBC, Cheshire West & Chester Council and Salford City Council. The judging process involved detailed submissions, an immersive visit to Hounslow and live judging at a final phase event yesterday afternoon (4th November).
Leader of the Council Steve Curran said: “This award is testament to the people of Hounslow and the outstanding effort of colleagues across the Council.
“In one of the most testing years in our country’s history, LB Hounslow didn’t just deliver – we harnessed the passion of a brilliant voluntary sector, the business sector and residents across the borough to improve the lives of residents.
“We’re accepting this award for the people of Hounslow”.
CEO Niall Bolger said: “I’m so proud of the work we’ve been able to do to help our wonderful, vibrant, diverse borough through a difficult year.
“This is a really proud moment for hard working Council colleagues, community groups, businesses and most of all residents who care about and take pride in this outstanding borough.
“We will continue to deliver in a One Hounslow spirit – and have more work to do to recover from the impact of Covid-19.”
Hounslow Council are presented with the Council of the Year 2021 accolade at the LGC Awards.
LGC Editor Nick Golding commenting on the work of all local authorities this year said: “Year in, year out, you’re innovating. You’re improving services. You’re offering support to those needing it most. However, over the past 20 months you’ve been something else.
“You have protected your communities. You have safeguarded the vulnerable. You have fought for your local economies. And you have outshone central government”.
Hounslow Council were also Highly Commended in the Future Places category. The Future Places Award recognised councils using emerging technologies to work with partners and the public to make their areas more sustainable, healthier, less congested, more connected and prosperous.