Croydon is in the running for five prestigious local government awards.
The borough has been shortlisted in five categories for the Local Government Chronicle Awards 2017.
The council has been nominated in the Children’s Services category for its partnership approach to tackling domestic and sexual violence in Croydon.
It is also a contender to win the Innovation category for its work on the borough’s Independent Travel Programme, which aims to transform the way travel support is provided for all age groups in Croydon, including children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) travel to and from school.
Croydon has also been shortlisted in the Driving Growth category for Growth in Croydon. The entry, which follows the borough being named the fastest growing economy in the UK, focuses on the council’s work to stimulate growth across the borough and Croydon’s status as a Growth Zone, creating thousands of new jobs and homes for local people.
The People’s Gateway Enablement and Welfare Service, which was established last year and aims to help residents avert financial crisis and reliance on statutory services by strengthening prevention and engaging in early intervention, has also been recognised and is a finalist in the Innovation category.
The council is also in the running to be named Digital Council of the Year after using digital services and systems to improve the customer experience and partnering with Go-on UK for a borough wide partnership programme, that aims to give residents the opportunity to gain digital skills.
Entries in 20 different categories from councils across the country were submitted for the LGC awards and winners will be announced on 8 March 2017.
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
“It is excellent news Croydon has been shortlisted for five awards, which recognises the work our staff do across the organisation. These awards are the Oscars of local government and to be shortlisted for so many is fantastic.
“The council is constantly looking for innovative ways to deliver for Croydon and it is nice that services’ efforts are being recognised by those outside the borough.”
Jo Negrini, chief executive of Croydon Council added: “To be shortlisted in five categories is fantastic, the LGC awards are open to the whole country and are extremely competitive. It is an incredible achievement to be named a finalist in one category, let alone five!
“These nominations are testament to the work of all the staff involved and show Croydon residents the quality service they are receiving from the council.”