Ryedale District Council has scooped a top prize in a national awards ceremony this week, which recognises the success of public sector organisations transforming the way they work.  The award highlights Ryedale’s work to change the way in which services are delivered, as part of the Council’s commitment to delivering value for money.

The Council was awarded ‘gold’ in the category of Transforming through people and also took the bronze award in the category of Council of the year.  There were over 150 entries for the awards, which celebrate the work taking place in the public sector to transform how things are done to make the most of each and every pound.  The awards are run by iESE, which is a social enterprise owned by its member councils.  The organisation supports councils and other public sector organisations to transform the way they do business.

Ryedale District Council’s work to change the way in which it operates to drive through significant savings and efficiencies was highlighted by the award judges.  The Council has been through an ambitious programme of change, which has transformed the way in which the organisation works and delivers services.  Having achieved savings of £3.75m over the past five years, the Council needed to re-think its approach to drive through additional savings of nearly £1.5m.

The changes put in place will enable the Council to continue to deliver key local services despite significant reductions in funding, and puts it in a good position ahead of further changes over the coming years to how councils are financed.

Leader of Ryedale District Council, Cllr Linda Cowling, explained, “Having delivered big savings already, we had to take a radical approach to changing how we operated in order to push through further significant savings.  We’ve done just that, and now our work to deliver value for money has been recognised nationally.

“I’d like to thank all our staff for their commitment and support during the past twelve months.  Together, we’ve been able to deliver changes that put us in a strong position for the future.  This will support the local services we deliver and ensure that we’ve delivering great value for money.”

Dr Andrew Larner, Chief Executive of iESE, the organisation running the awards event, added: “The quality of entrants this year has been as high as ever, and those councils and emergency services who’ve been shortlisted are doing some really inspiring work to make sure public services are viable into the future.

“Local services have to change – we all know that.  But saying it is one thing – developing innovative new ways to actually deliver it is an enormous challenge, and these councils and emergency services can be proud of leading the way.”