Council shortlisted for Local Authority of the Year title

Published: 18 April 2019

Redbridge Council is in the running to become 2019’s Local Authority of the Year.

It has been shortlisted for the title in the prestigious Municipal Journal (MJ) Achievement Awards.

This category recognises success right across the organisation.

The award is judged by experienced and influential people from both the private and public sector.

Andy Donald, Chief Executive of Redbridge Council, said: “Whilst the real judges of our performance are always the residents and communities that we support, being shortlisted for such a prestigious award is wonderful news.  I’m really clear that every part of the organisation has played its role in this achievement, and I want to thank all our staff for their commitment, energy and efforts.  Redbridge is changing rapidly and we continue to face huge challenges.  We know there is much more to do, but as a borough we are proud to have come a long way in recent years.”

As well as being up for the MJ award, Redbridge Council was declared the best local authority in the country for adult social care in a major independent survey earlier this year.

The council was also rated the sixth most productive overall in the annual report compiled by iMPOWER in November 2018.

Editor of the MJ, Heather Jameson, said: “The MJ Awards is a chance to recognise the extraordinary work of local councils across the country. Despite facing huge cuts to their budgets over the last decade, frontline staff are still working tirelessly to improve their communities and provide vital services to some of the most vulnerable people in the country - and that is to be celebrated. Being shortlisted for The MJ awards is a major achievement and all our shortlisted entrants should be very proud.”

Others in contention for the Local Authority of the Year award include neighbours Waltham Forest and Thurrock councils.

View the full list of finalists

The MJ Awards have been held every year since 2004 and is one of the major events in the local government calendar.

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony on 26 June 2019.

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