North Ayrshire Council has been shortlisted in UK-wide local government awards.
Run by politically-independent weekly publication The Local Government Chronicle, the prestigious awards see North Ayrshire as the only Scottish finalist in the category of ‘Most improved Council’.
The SNP-run council was shortlisted by the Local Government Chronicle on the basis of “improvements made despite external pressures including reduced budgets and increased demand on services”. A Council spokesperson listed North Ayrshire’s recent ‘key improvements’ as including:
* Work with our Community Planning Partners and the private sector
* A renewed focus on support for businesses and growth as well as an ambitious capital investment programme designed to regenerate and stimulate the heart of our communities
* A transformation in the provision of health and social care which places those using the service at its very centre and prioritises resources towards tackling problems before they arise
* Innovative approaches to encourage our young people to broaden their horizons by ensuring they have the confidence, skills and attitude to make the most of their life opportunities
* An efficient and effective modern Council with the confidence to challenge the norm and seize opportunities to improve
Cllr Willie Gibson, Leader of the Council’s SNP administration, said, “This is great news for both the Council and the people of North Ayrshire. Reaching this stage in the awards process demonstrates not only our ongoing commitment to improving Council Services to meet the needs of our community but also shows that we are striving to go beyond the expectations of those we serve.”
NAC Chief Executive Elma Murray agreed, saying, “Not only does this recognise just how hard staff have worked to improve Council services and delivery but it is also a sound endorsement of the vision of our Elected Members that we provide outstanding public services, excellent employment opportunities and exceptional customer service for the people of North Ayrshire.”
Ms Murray indicated the council’s vision is to “become one of the top performing Councils in Scotland and the UK”, adding, “Being shortlisted for this award acknowledges this and also shows just how dedicated we are to developing new, innovative approaches to the delivery of quality services across North Ayrshire. I would therefore like to congratulate each and every member of staff and our Elected Members for their great efforts in helping us to attain this success.”
Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on March 11th.