STAFFORDSHIRE County Council could be named council of the year after the authority made the shortlist in a handful of categories for a national awards scheme.
The county council is up against five other organisations for the prestigious gong, one of four it made the shortlist for in the 2014 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards.
A spokesman for the LGC said the awards attracted a record-breaking 640 submissions this year, demonstrating local government’s enthusiasm to share innovation and reward their teams and individuals who make change happen.
“There are over 80 organisations in the final, which means that there is fierce competition for the coveted award,” he said. “With budgets at the forefront of priorities, it is even more important this year to highlight the organisations who demonstrate best practice and to shine a spotlight on their achievements.”
Andrew Jepp, director of public sector at Zurich Municipal, who sponsor the council of the year award, said: “Congratulations to Staffordshire County Council.
“We’re very proud to be supporting these prestigious awards which recognise the important work of our local councils.”
Staffordshire County Councilis also up for the health and social care award, innovation in commissioning and most innovative service delivery model.
The awards will be held in London on 12 March 2014.