Top Government award for council

SCARBOROUGH Council has scooped the top accolade at a local Government awards ceremony.

The authority picked up the overall award for Leadership and Contribution to Yorkshire and Humber at the Local Government Yorkshire and Humber (LGYH) Making a Difference Awards in Wakefield, which were presented by Danni Hewson, Local Government Reporter at BBC Look North.

The award celebrates the commitment and contribution to Yorkshire and Humber made by councils, police, fire and national park authorities.

Judges said of Scarborough Council’s winning nomination: “This award is one that is awarded by LGYH directly and the reasons given for your nomination were your high profile and impactful work on local government finance, climate change and renewable energy, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and the bid for the new leisure village. Also noted were the strong roles taken by Cllr Tom Fox and Cllr Derek Bastiman and the high profile role you have had in European affairs. It was a strong case for nomination.”

Council leader Cllr Tom Fox said: “These are exciting times for the borough and I’m pleased our hard work has been recognised by Local Government Yorkshire and Humber. Despite the difficult financial climate we are in, we remain an outward looking and ambitious council and will continue to work hard for the benefit of residents.”

The LGYH Making a Difference Awards 2011 were completely funded by corporate sponsorship and cost nothing to host, or for local authorities to attend.