Worcestershire County Council has been selected as a shortlisted finalist in the Housing Initiative category in the 2018 LGC Awards.
The awards, run by Local Government Chronicle, are the biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the local government sector.
The County Council has been recognised for their efforts in the process of finding a suitable, safe place to live for many adults and families through their Supported Living Programme.
The nomination particularly rewards their work with vulnerable residents, including those with learning disabilities, to develop the right type of secure housing which maximises an individual's independence, to find people to live with and to ensure that tenancies and other documentation can be easily understood.
Nearly 100 organisations have been shortlisted as finalists in the coveted awards, which recognise the best of local government innovation and service delivery.
The high quality of this year’s entries demonstrates local government’s enthusiasm to innovate in an era in which councils’ budgets have been cut. The awards seek to identify and recognise local government’s greatest innovators, whose achievements are often under reported.
With budgets at the forefront of priorities, it is even more important this year to shine a spotlight on the achievements of those councils whose pioneering best practice can inspire other councils to improve services.
Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care said: "It's a real honour for Worcestershire County Council to be shortlisted for an LGC award in recognition of our work in supported living. It showcases just how hard we are continuing to work to support local residents in vital areas. This project has allowed the Council to continue to build on its strong working relationships with those within the community."
LGC editor Nick Golding said: “To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows a council service is among the country’s most innovative, and doing the most to support the needs of local residents as councils face continuing budget cuts. We should salute the council officers and councillors doing the most to ensure our vital public services thrive in the era of austerity.”
Winners will be announced on 21 March 2018 at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane which will be attended by 1,100 people from local government and its partner organisations.
The winners will be announced in a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House venue on 21 March 2018.