Councillors from Babergh and Mid Suffolk have been recognised in the national Cllr Achievement Awards, with two councillors shortlisted.
Cllr Glen Horn, Mid Suffolk District Councillor for Wetheringsett, and Cllr Peter Patrick, Babergh District Councillor for Berners, have made the shortlist of the Finance and Transformation Award in the Cllr Achievement Awards 2018. The awards receive over 200 entries, with only the best and most innovative local councillors making the shortlist.
Cllr Horn and Cllr Patrick were jointly nominated for their work as Cabinet Members for Organisational Delivery for Mid Suffolk District Council and Babergh District Council respectively.
Their work on the All Together project, a joint Babergh and Mid Suffolk project which saw huge improvement in digital and telephone access to council services and a relocation of council staff to up to date facilities in Endeavour House, has resulted in estimated savings of £5.8m over the next decade, allowing that money to be reinvested in council services.
Since this work was completed both have left the Organisational Delivery portfolio. Cllr Horn is currently Mid Suffolk District Council Cabinet Member for Planning, while Cllr Patrick left Babergh’s Cabinet earlier this year after serving as Cabinet Member for Finance.
The winners will be announced at an awards event on 6 November 2018. The awards are run by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), the local democracy think tank, and the CCLA, a leading specialist fund manager for local authorities and charities and sponsors of the award.
Cllr Glen Horn said: “A councillor isn’t an island, we’re supported by our residents, our fellow members and by officers throughout the council and this shortlisting is about the work we do as a team. It’s great to be recognised for our innovation in Mid Suffolk, not just on Organisational Delivery but across the cabinet and across the council. I’m looking forward to the awards evening, and whether we receive the award or not we’ll keep on working hard for the residents of our district.”
Cllr Peter Patrick said: “The LGiU does amazing work connecting councillors across the country, and I’m honoured to have been shortlisted for this award. Regardless of the result on awards evening, this is a wonderful recognition of just how innovative we have been in Babergh, and of all the work we’ve put in to find savings without impacting on council services.”