Council shortlisted twice for prestigious national award

Telford & Wrekin Council is in the top ten councils nationwide for driving growth and inward investment – after being shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Council shortlisted twice for prestigious national award

It was announced today that the council has made the final cut of the Local Government Chronicle Awards in two separate categories.

The change in the council's culture to become a Business Winning, Business Supporting local authority with an emphasis on growth, jobs and inward investment has been recognised by judges in the Driving Growth category.

Councillor Bill McClements, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Finance and Enterprise, said: “I am delighted we have made the shortlist in not one but two categories in an awards scheme which very much recognises the gold standard of work in Local Government.

It is heartening for everyone associated with the council including all the staff that the hard work and commitment to excellence has been recognised.

Being able to demonstrate high quality work also aids the council with its recruitment of new staff – people naturally like to be associated with a successful organisation and I'm very proud to be able to say that.”

The submission the council made to the Driving Growth category very much reflected a key part of the council's work during the last four years.

It outlined how the council had transformed its approach by challenging the traditional public service mould, proactively using resources to seek investment to deliver jobs, homes and property.

Examples of this highlighted included the £250m Southwater development, the £13.8m Pride In Your Community programme to ensure Telford is an attractive destination for residents, visitors and investors and the £1.3m investment programme to reduce youth unemployment.

It also focussed on the emphasis on demand-led housing delivery by all the UK's major national housing companies, the work to secure the future of MOD Donnington as a National Defence Gateway, the opening of a commercial solar farm to generate income and the close links the council has with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

The second award which has seen Telford make the final cut is the Public Health category.

The Telford After Care Team (TACT) - which provides mutual aid, aftercare and support for people recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol and is funded by the council - has been shortlisted.

The team are all ex service users and most work on a voluntary basis to help others on their recovery journey.

TACT is the lynchpin of the Telford and Wrekin Drug and Alcohol Strategy, which is based on intelligence of local need, views of service users and best practice guidance.

Building recovery has become a key pillar of the strategy since TACT launched in 2012. TACT is funded by the council through the public health grant and some funding from the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

Significant achievements by the team include TACT being established as a Community Interest Company, at least 20 people per day accessing the services, new premises opened to enable expansion in numbers and opportunities offered and the establishment of a Hepatitis C support group.

Councillor Richard Overton, cabinet member for Adult Social Care, said: “TACT is a powerful source of motivation and provides role models which often prove decisive in recovery and reintegration.

There is no doubt that TACT is making a difference to people's lives and we are incredibly proud of the team's work in creating our own vibrant recovery community in Telford and Wrekin.”

The final presentations will be made later this month to the judging panel