Thurrock Council is in the running to be named Local Authority of the Year after it was revealed as one of the top five finalists in ‘The Municipal Journal’ (MJ) Local Government Achievement Awards 2019.
A judging body shortlisted Thurrock for the prestigious award alongside the London
Borough of Redbridge, London Borough of Waltham Forest, North East Lincolnshire Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council. The council is up for four awards in total – Local Authority of the Year, Care and Health Integration, Innovation in Finance and Senior Leadership Team.
After a record number of entries were submitted across the UK to 18 different categories covering frontline services, leadership and individuals.
Its communications team was also commended for Innovation in Communications.
Thurrock Council has a strong track record of cross-party engagement and working closely with partners in the community, business and third sectors.
Award winners will be announced on Wednesday 26 June at a ceremony in London.
The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards has been held annually since 2004 to recognise officers, managers, teams and councils for the delivery of their services over the past 12 months.
A Thurrock Council spokesperson said: “Being shortlisted for four awards, including Local Authority of the Year, is recognition of the outstanding work by every single person supporting the delivery of our services.
“Officers work tirelessly to deliver the best possible services to residents and businesses in the borough, and being shortlisted amongst the best in the local government sector is testament to their commitment and dedication.
“We are proud to work closely with our partners in the community, business and third sectors.
“There has been many local government changes in the last couple of years, but we take an innovative approach to tackling the challenges facing local government and will continue to do so.”