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North Yorkshire County Council is one of six authorities shortlisted for council of the year in the national Local Government Chronicle Awards.

The county council is also shortlisted for four other LGC awards: children’s services for its ambition in delivering better outcomes for children and young people; community involvement for its Stronger Communities programme, which helps communities to help themselves; entrepreneurial council of the year for delivering commercial services to raise money to help to maintain services for people and communities; and partnership of the year for its work with the police and health services to ensure children and families receive the support they need.

Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: “North Yorkshire’s shortlisting in these awards recognises the dedication and creativity of our staff and their commitment to finding innovative ways to support our most vulnerable residents and to move the county forward despite the financial challenges we continue to face.

“In a peer review earlier this year, in which the council was scrutinised by other local authorities, we were praised for our can-do attitude, our committed staff and for having a firm grip on our finances.  Our shortlisting in the LGC Awards is further evidence of the tremendous efforts of the council and its partners.”

Local Government Chronicle editor Nick Golding said: “We have received record entries for the 2017 LGC Awards, showing councils are even more committed than before to innovating and sharing best practice. The LGC Awards will showcase and celebrate the tremendous work of council staff to help local communities in a period of uncertainty. The winners will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 8 March 2017.”

The other authorities shortlisted for council of the year are Newcastle City Council, Newham London Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Council, South Norfolk Council and South Tyneside Council.