South Staffordshire Council declared 'world class' by national awards body chief

Released on 11 May 2022

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Caption: Dr Andrew Larner re-presents the UK Council of the Year Award to Council Leader Councillor Roger Lees and outgoing Council Chairman Lin Hingley

South Staffordshire Council has been described as a 'global benchmark' by the boss of a national awards body. 

Dr Andrew Larner, Chief Executive of iESE, re-presented the authority's UK Council of the Year Award at the council's Annual General Meeting on Tuesday evening (May 10).

He explained that in giving South Staffordshire Council the prestigious accolade he was not simply 'handing over an award' – but 'saying South Staffordshire Council is world class'. 

This comes after South Staffordshire Council seized not only the UK Council of the Year title at this year's iESE Awards, but also two Gold Awards for its Community Hub and Localities+ Model, plus two Certificates of Excellence for its Wellbeing Programme and its consultation on the Local Plan. 

Prior to re-presenting the Council of the Year Award to outgoing council Chairman, Councillor Lin Hingley, and Council Leader Councillor Roger Lees, Dr Larner described the work done by the council as providing  'a truly transformative experience for local residents'. 

“We pass the scripts for submissions to 12 different countries across the world. They reserve the top 20% of marks for those they believe have reached a global benchmark," said Dr Larner. 

“We look at things like the way you're working with your localities, not just the things you have achieved with your Community Hub building – but the way you've done it, and the outcomes there have been. 

“It was very clear to them that you were doing something that actually – in their view – was far better than the things they were seeing in the councils in their countries. 

iese presentation EVENT Dr Andrew Larner

“So for them, you were a world benchmark. And that's something that isn't often achieved. 

“In terms of the competition, there were over 250 submissions. 

“Your achievements are testament to the hard work for the council members and officers in delivering what has been a truly transformative experience for your local residents. 

"We're not just handing over an award; we're saying South Staffordshire Council is world class." 

Reflecting on the event and the council's many achievements this year, Council Leader Councillor Roger Lees described the accolades as 'an incredible feat'. 

“I am hugely proud of our many achievements at the iESE Awards; being named UK Council of the Year, as well as our two Gold Awards and our Certificates of Excellence," said Cllr Lees.

“This award shows the council to not only be leading the way on a national scale, but on an international level too. 

“It's an incredible feat and is a testament to all the hard work undertaken by our staff and members."

Outgoing Council Chairman, Councillor Lin Hingley, added: “It was a huge privilege to be able to receive this award alongside Councillor Lees on behalf of the council.

“I would like to thank Dr Andrew Larner from iESE for taking the time to present this to us in person. 

“I also wish to congratulate the staff and members of South Staffordshire Council for this tremendous achievement." 

The event at Codsall Community Hub's Council Chamber also saw Councillor Lin Hingley finish her year as Chairman, with Councillor Matt Ewart taking over the role for this year. 

During her year as Council Chairman, Cllr Hingley raised more than £3,000 for Cancer Research UK with various Civic and charity events. 

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Wolverhampton Road,
South Staffordshire,

Tel: 01902 696000

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