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Enfield Council scoops local government Oscar

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18 March 2016

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Over 800 of the most senior figures in British local government gathered on Wednesday night (16 March)  at London’s Grosvenor House to celebrate achievements and best practice across the sector.

Over 800 of the most senior figures in British local government gathered on Wednesday night (16 March)  at London’s Grosvenor House to celebrate achievements and best practice across the sector.

It was the 20th year of the LGC Awards, one of the most prestigious events in the local government calendar.

Competing against 98 other UK local authorities, Enfield Council’s sustainability team beat off stiff competition to win “Team of the Year.” The team runs Enfield 2020, the borough’s sustainability programme. More than 50 large-scale projects are being delivered by the Council, with a vision to make Enfield a better place to live, work and visit.

The judges, made up of senior and influential figures from the public sector, commented: “This was a very strong vision, which was 100% self-funded and integrated with the council. A staff developed initiative, it is an inspiring story about the outcomes for the community.”

The council was also shortlisted in the Housing Initiative category, for its work in delivering the Housing Gateway and Housing Innovation projects to reduce the costs of temporary accommodation, and Campaign of the Year, for its work promoting the £42 million Cycle Enfield scheme.

Enfield Council’s Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, said: “This is great news for Enfield and our successes last night demonstrate that we are an innovative council, delivering first class projects which really make a difference to residents’ lives.”

“At a time of continuing government savings it is vitally important we find new and innovative ways to deliver services and save money. Enfield 2020 does that beautifully and also allows us to provide services in a more sustainable manner, while transforming the lives of people in our borough. This award was richly deserved and I’d like to thank staff for all their hard work and dedication.”

Nick Golding, LGC’s editor, said before the awards were presented by actor Stephen Mangan:
“It is vital that we celebrate the best of local government, not least as the talent and innovation of council officers and councillors is often not recognised to the extent it should be. The recipients of the awards are the people doing the most to improve services at a time resources are constrained. We should thank them for their great work.”