Salford City Council has today (Friday October 2) been named one of the best local authorities in England in a top national award.
The prestigious award for Local Authority of the Year is sponsored by the Municipal Journal magazine and recognises the best local government services and personnel in England. The verdict is decided by both private and public sector judges.
Councils are assessed not only on their ability to deliver top class services and performance, but also on their innovation and creativity in responding to changes in society in the face of austerity.
Salford was Highly Commended at the virtual awards ceremony.
The winner was Aberdeen City Council.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
“This is a tribute to our dedicated employees and councillors who show outstanding commitment to Salford residents and such pride in the city.
"I’m particularly proud that we have been recognised for innovation and creativity and first-class performance despite savage government cuts over the last 10 years.
“The award recognises our work in recent years which has transformed services to support children and vulnerable adults, tackled poverty to help people in need and won us recognition as a leader in the use of digital technology. It also acknowledges our success in drawing investment into the city creating new jobs, business opportunities and new homes, including much needed affordable housing.
“This year our city has also faced the challenges of a global pandemic on top of ‘business as usual.’ We have seen everyone, council workers, councillors, key workers, people from community and voluntary sector organisations and local residents pulling together round the clock to support thousands of vulnerable people and each other, maintain vital services and keep our city moving forward.
“This award is also a recognition of their fantastic Spirit of Salford and I am very proud to accept it.”
Ten reasons why Salford was nominated for Local Authority of the Year:
Working with young care leavers and their experiences to shape Route 29, an innovative service to help other young people avoid care
Became the first council in England to join up health, adult and children’s social care services to provide faster access to a broader range of services.
Delivered 3,344 new homes in 2018/19 of which 254 will be affordable – and continues to work to deliver affordable homes to tackle the housing and homelessness crisis.
Handed over Salford’s first 10 council homes for many years through Dérive the council’s housing company.
Won national recognition for tackling poverty including a new fair funeral service saving on average £1,500 per funeral and securing nearly £5 million in missing benefits for local residents
Collected an extra £1.8 million in council tax and business rates without using bailiffs and won a national award for this humane approach
Supported 35 businesses to relocate or expand in Salford which are forecast to add £185 million to the economy and create thousands of jobs
Secured £426 million in private sector and £13 million of public sector investment in the city
Set up the UK’s first fund to train apprentices with small and medium sized firms
Created a unique supported internship to help young people with special needs and disabilities find training and work and helped 72 young people find training and jobs in construction.