South Staffordshire District Council named UK Council of the Year

Released on 10 March 2022

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Pictured left to right: South Staffordshire District Council Chief Executive Dave Heywood, left, announcer and Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council Councillor David Tutt, with Leader of South Staffordshire District Council Councillor Roger Lees.

South Staffordshire District Council was handed the title of UK Council of the Year at a national awards ceremony last night. 

The authority beat off stiff competition from authorities across the country for the prestigious award, after being nominated for the accolade by public sector awards body iESE. 

iESE said this year's awards was 'one of the most competitive years ever', after its judging panel received more than 260 nominations from 81 different public sector organisations from the UK and overseas.  

The district council also won two Gold Awards at the London event: the Asset Management and Regeneration Award category for its Community Hub project, and the Working Together Award category for its Localities+ model. 

The three awards were handed to South Staffordshire District Council at the eagerly-anticipated iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards 2022.

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Left to right: Announcer Stuart Garnett of Inspired Villages, with South Staffordshire District Council's Jackie Smith (Corporate Director for Communities and Wellbeing) and South Staffordshire District Council's Councillor Dan Kinsey. Credit: iESE

All submissions are tested against a set criteria and are sent to iESE partners globally to check the quality of submissions. 

The council was also awarded two Certificates of Excellence for its Local Plan Consultation and its Workplace Health and Wellbeing Programme rolled out during the Covid pandemic.

Leader of South Staffordshire District Council, Councillor Roger Lees, and Chief Executive Dave Heywood were among those in attendance at the ceremony in the capital last night to collect the awards. 

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South Staffordshire District Council's Councillor Victoria Wilson, left, and Deputy Leader of South Staffordshire District Council Councillor Rita Heseltine, right, with announcer and Leader of Dorset Council Councillor Spencer Flower (pictured centre). Credit: iESE

Councillor Roger Lees said: “I was very proud and honoured, as leader, to collect the main award of the evening on behalf of South Staffordshire District Council. 

“But I must pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of the staff that help us achieve this award. 

“Winning the UK Council of the Year Award, two Gold Awards for the Community Hub and Localities+ model, plus two Certificates of Excellence, is a fantastic achievement for our council. 

“However, we will not rest on our laurels; we will keep moving forward with our transformative work in trying to give our residents an efficient and value-for-money service." 


 Watch South Staffordshire District Council receive its awards here: 


Dave Heywood added: “It continues to be a challenging time for the public sector, so it is such an accolade to be recognised as UK Council of the Year by our peers. 

“We are incredibly proud of this outstanding triumph, which is a testament to all the effort and dedication from our officers and members in providing excellent services for our communities. 

“We have worked extremely hard to get to this position and it is a privilege to hold such a magnificent title and array of awards. 

“We will continue to support our communities and engage with them directly over the coming months as a key priority." 

The Community Hub, based in Codsall, is the new council building, which through its innovative design and concept has allowed South Staffordshire District Council and its 25 partners across public, private, community and NHS sectors to integrate into a modern, energy-efficient working environment. Among its tenants are Staffordshire Police, Russell House GP Surgery, Codsall Library, and many more. 

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iESE Awards 2022: Chief Executive Dave Heywood, with Corporate Director for Communities and Wellbeing Jackie Smith,  Council Leader Councillor Roger Lees, Councillor Rita Heseltine, Councillor Dan Kinsey and Councillor Victoria Wilson

The Hub won the Gold Award for Asset Management and Regeneration category, which is for innovative local authority-led projects that use assets to deliver proven benefits to communities. 

The Localities+ model, meanwhile, breaks the district down into five different localities, allowing the council to get closer to its communities through the use of better intelligence, data and engagement; allowing the authority to tailor its output to each locality's specific needs. 

It was awarded Gold for the Working Together category, which is for projects that simplify the way residents and local businesses deal with public services, bringing together multiple contact points, removing the barriers between organisations and moving resources closer to the customer. 


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