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Fast track to Brunel’s Old Station for Council Finalists

Councils across the UK were celebrating last night as they discovered they were amongst those to make the finals of the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Council of the Year in Service Delivery Award 2011. The councils will find out if they are the overall winner at a charity awards dinner to be held in Bristol at the historic Brunel’s Old Station on the 8 September.


Over 300 submissions for the APSE awards were received from Councils throughout the UK but to reach the finalist stages for the Overall Council of the Year each Council had to prove its worth in at least four different areas of frontline service delivery.


Commenting on the finalists APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said ‘There are some real big names in local government amongst our finalists and all are thoroughly deserving of their finalist place. After an austere couple of years in local  government these awards are a welcome way to acknowledge that, despite the pressures on local councils, those that work to deliver frontline service have continued to make sure that they provide much valued services to their local residents and businesses.’




The finalists are


  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Dumfries & Galloway Council
  • Milton Keynes Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Stockport Council
  • Stockton on Tees Borough Council


The full list of awards and finalists in all award categories are available here




Notes to editors


APSE is the Association for Public Service Excellence

APSE works with over 250 local councils throughout the UK. It is a not for profit body dedicated to promoting and supporting excellence in frontline service


For press quotes or to arrange for interview, please contact Mo Baines on mbaines@apse.org.uk

For information about the awards and finalists attendance at the awards please email Louise McMillan on LMcMillan@apse.org.uk

The nominated event charity is Parkinsons UK. Thank you to APSE members for your continued support to this important charity

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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