Over the past month, we have received an incredible amount of nominations for Council of the Month, with all of them inspiring us with the incredible efforts that Councils and Councillors have gone to to ensure their local community is cared for.
Every single nomination we received deserves this award, with hard work and determination coming through clearly in each one. We want to take this opportunity to thank Council’s for getting their residents through this period and we will be mentioning every nominated council in the upcoming issue of PSE magazine.
Here are our final five – Please cast your votes in the poll on twitter @psenews
For inclusivity within the community
“Dorset Council Housing Team has done amazing work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Not only have the team housed and supported the homeless, in conjunction with the portfolio holder for housing and community safety, the team have put together a credible plan for Dorset Council to invest £4.7m in purchasing street properties for temporary accommodation, along with a live bid to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for a further £1.2m for the provision of accommodation for our rough sleepers.
Working at pace with colleagues across the council to secure political buy in and drive a programme forward to improve the temporary accommodation situation whilst easing the revenue burden on the council for B&B accommodation. It has been great work by an amazing team.”
Broadwindsor Group Parish Council
For outstanding community spirit
“In the five years that I have been Clerk, the Parish Council has produced a comprehensive Neighbourhood Plan which was successfully adopted in 2019, initiated a Community Land Trust which has just received planning permission for fifteen much needed affordable homes for local people, completed an Emergency Plan which was successfully implemented during the recent pandemic and fundraiser for the installation of play equipment area for young people which was highlighted in its 2012 Parish Plan.”
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
For exceptional digital innovation
“In response to easing of Covid-19 lockdown and visitor overcrowding on Bournemouth's beaches, BCP Council, in July, quickly developed and launched the BCP Beach Check app featuring regular updates throughout the day on beach congestion levels across 12 miles of seafront. The app is simple and effective and has been downloaded by more than 45,000 people with 500 positive feedback comments. Now in talks with other local authorities and central Government to potentially expand nationally. The app is a UK first and helps visitors to make informed choices, avoiding areas of overcrowding, whilst welcoming people to enjoy our award-winning beaches.”
East Ayrshire Council
For efforts towards public health
“We have been in the midst of an unprecedented public health & economic crisis, which we know isn’t going away any time soon. Protecting staff working on the frontline has of course been an absolute priority, which is why the Corporate Procurement Team have been working hard to both secure additional equipment and PPE supplies to help meet immediate demand, but also build long-term capacity in order to meet the future needs of our services to allow them to continue to provide sustainable front line critical services to our communities”
For innovative communication with the community
“Bury Council has led a transformational approach to community support during the pandemic, through a variety of approaches. The council has used developed an app in order to coordinate volunteers and a separate app to proactively identify loneliness within the community.
Collaboration between public services has been pivotal to Bury Council’s Coronavirus response. Combining emergency response and statutory functions, including joint enforcement between the council and GMP, and partnership with the Fire Service to combine Safe and Well checks with Covid support and contact tracing.
Community engagement through all public services is something that Bury Council have put at the forefront in recent months, including joined-up social media across DWP; the College; GMP; GMFRS and ALMO and a network of approximately 600 community groups and 800 volunteers co-ordinated through 5 local hubs.”
Please cast your votes in the poll thread on twitter below, feel free to share with others, and await the results in the next issue of PSE magazine.
🏆VOTE BELOW FOR COUNCIL OF THE MONTH🏆— Public Sector Executive (@psenews) September 10, 2020
We've narrowed the incredible nominations down to a shortlist of 5. Read the thread below of each nominee and favourite/like the one you think should win.