Salford City Council has today (Friday 2 October) been named one of the best local authorities in the country in a top national award.
The prestigious award for Local Authority of the Year is sponsored by the Municipal Journal magazine and recognises the best local government services and personnel in the country. The verdict is decided by both private and public sector judges.
Councils are assessed not only on their ability to deliver top class services and performance, but also on their innovation and creativity in responding to changes in society in the face of austerity.
Salford was Highly Commended at the virtual awards ceremony. The winner was Aberdeen City Council.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “This is a tribute to our dedicated employees and councillors who show outstanding commitment to Salford residents and such pride in the city.
"I’m particularly proud that we have been recognised for innovation and creativity and first-class performance despite savage government cuts over the last ten years.
“The award recognises our work in recent years which has transformed services to support children and vulnerable adults, tackled poverty to help people in need and won us recognition as a leader in the use of digital technology. It also acknowledges our success in drawing investment into the city creating new jobs, business opportunities and new homes, including much needed affordable housing.
“This year our city has also faced the challenges of a global pandemic on top of ‘business as usual.’ We have seen everyone, council workers, councillors, key workers, people from community and voluntary sector organisations and local residents pulling together round the clock to support thousands of vulnerable people and each other, maintain vital services and keep our city moving forward.
“This award is also a recognition of their fantastic Spirit of Salford and I am very proud to accept it.”
Ten reasons why Salford was nominated for Local Authority of the Year: