There are 14 different categories of Municipal Journal awards – however there is no award given to councils who keep council tax down .

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.

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  1. DRT Andrews says:

    Coming on top of the Vale’s rating by the Local Government Data Unit as the highest performing local authority in Wales, for the second year running, this is a notable achievement.

    • Daft o dull says:

      That is a bit like Alcoholics Anonymous voting for the guy in the room that drinks the least.

  2. Philip Rapier says:

    Well I don’t trust the “opinion” of the Municipal Journal and their members giving their mates meaningless awards

    Let’s take a look at award nominee TEST VALLEY

    This award winning Council wasted £30k of Council Taxpayers cash IN AN ATTEMPT TO BLOCK A SOLAR ENERGY DEVELOPMENT because it spoiled their view

    12 March 2016 Hampshire Chronicle reported
    “TEST Valley Borough Council’s failed attempt to defend a planning appeal against a huge solar farm near Andover cost them nearly £30,000 in legal costs – an FOI has revealed.”
    “The authority spent a total of £29,937.50 in hiring a barrister to represent them in an appeal hearing into the development of the 40MW solar farm, which is currently being built on land west of Cowdown Lane”.
    Comments in the article from residents sound all too familiar to those of Penarthians.
    “It just felt like a local authority playing games with people’s money.”
    “If they can’t defend a planning appeal like that what else can’t they defend us from?”

    • DRT Andrews says:

      Mr Rapier, you are a serving member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council. Ii is fortunate that your negativity is not typical of your colleagues.

      • David Moorcraft says:

        Mr/Ms DRT Andrews,
        these Council awards seem to be handed out blindly like lollipops. I meet regularly with a group of local businessmen/ teachers etc, and while it’s very easy to criticise, I really don’t know anyone who rates the responsiveness of the Vale Council to Penarthians Wishes or priorities.

      • Monty says:

        Am I to believe that your meetings with some local people and the views of died in the wool critics on this blog carry more weight than the opinions of the Municipal Journal, the Local Government Data Unit and the Wales Audit Office? The latter found that “The Council has a clear vision of what it wishes to achieve and is making positive changes, which should ensure it is well placed to continue securing improvement”.

      • Chris David says:

        You are indeed to believe Monty. Having a clear vision doesn’t mean its the same vision as the public.

      • Peter Church says:

        DRT Andrew, which carriage on the Labour gravy train do you sit in?
        The First Class MP carriage with the all you can eat buffet.
        The Business Class AM carriage sponsors by Volvo
        or is it the Economy Plus carriage with free WiFi so you can tweet ‘fake news’ about yourself and your colleagues!

      • Jimbo says:

        Don’t you like facts Mr Church?

  3. Jimbo says:

    Bit late for an April Fool’s joke.

  4. Phil says:

    Independent audits don’t lie. Well done to VOG Council. I for one LOVE living in the Vale

    • david kerslake says:

      So do I . Shame we” ve got so many idiots running the V O G B C . ABSOLUTE CLOWNS

  5. Chris David says:

    “Typical of your colleagues”, jolly good thing they aren’t all back scratchers then. This appears to be just a money spinner local authorities have latched onto for a night out in London. See this- “For information on tailored sponsorship packages, including exclusive category sponsorship, please call Lucy McPhail on 020 3033 2627 or email” Yup a pee up. Who’s going to be paying for the VoG to go on Grosvenor House grind ay!  

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