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Top of the Class

The finalists of the APSE Overall Council of the Year in Service Delivery Award 2018 have now been announced. 

This outstanding 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.

All of the finalists were required to present best practice case studies in at least 4 APSE Service Award categories in order to highlight their commitment to implementing innovative ideas that support continuous improvement and adaptation in local services.

Paul O’Brien, APSE Chief Executive, said, “It is great to see local authorities across the UK performing so well, despite the pressures they are currently under and the changes they face to their services. When we announce the winner in Edinburgh it is fair to say that these councils will represent the very best within local government; striving to deliver excellence in public services and the best possible outcomes for local communities and local economies.”

The finalists of the Overall Council of the Year Award 2018 are:


Birmingham City Council

Cheshire West & Chester Council

City and County of Swansea Council

Durham County Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Nottingham City Council

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Telford & Wrekin Council


The winner of the prestigious APSE Overall Council of the Year Award 2018 will be announced in Edinburgh at the APSE Annual Service Awards Charity Dinner on Thursday 13th September. To learn more about the APSE Annual Seminar and the Awards Dinner click here

Congratulations to all the finalists - and good luck!


Notes to editor:

- There were over 370 submissions for the APSE Service Awards 2018, entered by over 100 organisations (with 21 submission categories, or 22 when you include Overall Council of the Year).

- 40 organisations were eligible for our Overall Council of the Year 2018 category (to be eligible you must enter 4 or more submissions into the awards. These 4 submissions must be for different categories)

- All entries (even unsuccessful ones) help contribute to the Overall Council of the Year shortlist.

- Only 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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