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"Nine Shine on the Frontline" - Announcing the APSE Overall Council of the Year 2022 Finalists!

Nine outstanding UK local authorities have been shortlisted for this year's "Big One" 

This Award will recognise the best and most innovative local authority in the UK. Focusing on their delivery of frontline services, the Award seeks to celebrate those councils who are achieving excellent results in a wide range of different service areas.

Paul O’Brien, APSE Chief Executive, said, “The competition for this year's top prize has been filled with extraordinary examples of innovation, commitment and quality. Despite ongoing pressures such as COVID recovery and the cost of living crisis, the nine authorities shortlisted have demonstrated outstanding levels of resilience and ingenuity in supporting local communities across the UK. Congratulations to each of our finalists - and good luck in Swansea!"


  • Conwy County Borough Council

  • Durham County Council

  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council

  • Eastleigh Borough Council

  • Reading Borough Council

  • Swansea Council

  • Telford & Wrekin Council

  • Wakefield Council

  • Wigan Council

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The winner of the prestigious APSE Overall Council of the Year Award 2022 will be announced in Swansea at the APSE Annual Service Awards Charity Dinner on Thursday 15 September. To learn more about the APSE Annual Seminar and the Awards Dinner click here. 



  • The APSE Annual Service Awards include 21 submission categories or 22 when you include Overall Council of the Year. Click here for a full list of this year's finalists.
  • To be eligible for the Overall Council of the Year category, you must enter 4 or more submissions. These 4 submissions must be for different categories.
  • 21 authorities entered four or more submissions in various categories this year making them eligible for this Award. 
  • All entries (even unsuccessful ones) help contribute to the Overall Council of the Year shortlist.
  • 9 organisations were shortlisted for this year's Overall Council of the Year Award.

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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