The Vale of Glamorgan Council is one of six local authorities in Britain in contention for the Municipal Journal’s “Local Authority of the Year” award.
The Labour-controlled Vale Council has hiked up Council Tax charges to local residents by well above the rate of inflation for the last 5 years, but a spokesperson for the Municipal Journal said that the level of Council-Tax increases imposed by the participating councils is not one of the criteria to be taken in to account by the judges .
Five other councils are in the shortlist for the category along with the Vale Council. They are:-
- City of Wolverhampton Council
- London Borough of Sutton
- Salford City Council
- Stockton on Tees BC
- Test Valley Borough Council
The judges are said to be looking for entries which show “Clear vision by senior management and members, strong forward planning and evidence of successful service provision”
The Municipal Journal says the judges “will want evidence that the authority really is excelling across the full range of major services and that this is sustainable.”
Winning one of their several categories of award – the Municiple Journal says – “demonstrates your pride in all that your team has achieved”, enables councils to “ stand out and benchmark your best practice amongst fellow local authority colleagues“, to “gain recognition of your team’s achievements“, to “reward your staff and boost morale” and to gain ” wider press and marketing exposure”.
The results will be announced on June 15th.