City of Wolverhampton Council has been shortlisted in the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) annual service awards 2018.

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The APSE annual service awards, now in their eighteenth year, celebrate the very best in local government who strive to improve their frontline services.

The City Council has been shortlisted for 'Best Service Team - Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Regulatory Service' for its Courtaulds remediation project, a 13 year project addressing industrial contamination on a local housing estate.

The scale and complexity of this project necessitated impeccable teamwork with other services, partnership working with public and private sector organisations and engagement with residents who were in a distressing situation. Residents now have peace of mind due to the dedication of the City of Wolverhampton Council's Environmental Protection team.

The Council's Snow Wolves scheme has also been shortlisted for 'Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative (including Community Safety).'

Snow Wolves is a volunteering initiative which encourages residents to clear snow on public pathways and driveways in their local community and help reduce the risk of injury to their neighbours. The scheme brings communities together and makes a difference to vulnerable residents who avoid going out in snowy weather conditions.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: "I'm so pleased to hear we have been shortlisted in this year's APSE awards.

"These awards recognise the hard work and dedication carried out by our frontline services and our commitment to improve and protect our city.

"Both teams have made a significant, positive impact on the lives of our residents and for that, I could not be more proud.

"I wish them the very best of luck in the awards and congratulate the line-up of finalists."

Announcing the finalists, APSE Chief Executive Paul O'Brien said: "Once again, APSE has been blown away by the high standard of submissions for this years' Service Awards.

"Despite the serious pressures on local government funding, these finalists have proven that they can continue to provide a first-rate service to communities across the UK. These awards are a testament to their creativity and dedication."

All finalists presented 'best practice' case studies in their respective categories, which showed them all to be frontrunners in implementing innovative ideas that support continuous improvement in local services.

The winners will be announced on the Thursday 13 September at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh following the Type=links;Linkid=10823;Title=APSE Annual Seminar 2018;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Friday 27 July, 2018