Thursday, 25 March 2010

Leeds raises the standard and goes from good to great

Caption: (From left)Andy Hodson, head of governance services, Mike Wilkinson Chair of the standards committee and Amy Kelly, senior corporate governance officer (all from Leeds City Council), and Armando Iannucci, host of the awards.

Leeds City Council has been singled out as one of the most ethical authorities in the country.

The council was shortlisted in this award catergory last year, but this year beat off competition from five other shortlisted councils from across the UK to win the award for its outstanding approach to standards and ethics at a prestigious ceremony last night.

The Local Government Chronicle Awards are recognised as a huge honour by all those who work within Local Government, and help to showcase the innovation present within the sector, and last night (Wednesday 24 March) Leeds City Council was amongst those celebrating.

The award, sponsored by Standards for England, was presented to the council for its work in raising awareness of ethical governance issues within the council, embedding the ethical framework, and raising public confidence in how the council operates; all part of its ‘From Good to Great’ campaign.

The council’s was commended for how the its leadership is making standards and ethics central to how services are delivered.

The other authorities shortlisted for the award were Waveney District Council, Kent County Council, the London Borough of Bromley, South Cambridgeshire District Council and West Somerset District Council.

Councillor Richard Brett, joint leader of Leeds City Council said:
“The LGC awards celebrate the very best in local government and it is a great achievement for us to be included on the winners list for standards and ethics.

“We are very pleased that the council have been singled out as one of the best in local government for this year, and we will continue to improve in this and all other areas of the council.”

Mike Wilkinson, independent chair of the standards committee said:
“I'm very pleased that Leeds has received this national accolade, it reflects a great deal of hard work by the Standards Committee and the leadership of the council over a number of years. The judges told us our entry was comprehensive and powerful....and I agree with them !”

Notes to editors

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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450