County coun­cil up for two awards

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

LE­ICES­TER­SHIRE County Coun­cil is in the run­ning for two pres­ti­gious prizes after be­ing short­listed in the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Chron­i­cle Awards for 2019.

Nom­i­nated for the Div­ing Growth cat­e­gory is the au­thor­ity’s work to sup­port and de­liver eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and growth, in­clud­ing its am­bi­tious trans­port and broad­band in­fra­struc­ture plans, pro­vi­sion of high qual­ity workspace and its role in plan­ning for long term hous­ing growth over the next two decades.

County coun­cil leader, Nick Rush­ton, said: “I’m de­lighted that the work we have been do­ing to build a strong econ­omy and boost growth in the county has been rec- og­nised, es­pe­cially given our low fund­ing po­si­tion.

“The strat­egy en­ables us to help choose lo­ca­tions for new hous­ing, pro­tect en­vi­ron­men­tal and his­toric as­sets and bid for money to put the right roads, trans­port and other in­fra­struc­ture in place.”

The coun­cil has also been short­listed in the Driv­ing Ef­fi­ciency through Tech­nol­ogy cat­e­gory for its work to im­prove on­line self-ser­vice op­por­tu­ni­ties for res­i­dents in need of adult so­cial cares ser­vices.

This in­volved re­design­ing the web­site, cre­at­ing a new ser­vice di­rec­tory and cus­tomer por­tal for peo­ple to sign up to.

The work means that cus­tomers can ac­cess more in­for­ma­tion 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year; to help them make in­formed de­ci­sions on their per­sonal cir­cum­stances.

Coun­cil­lor Richard Blunt, cab­i­net mem­ber for adult so­cial care, said: “I’m proud of the team who have worked in­cred­i­bly hard to im­ple­ment this scheme.

“We wanted a web­site that could pro­vide clearer and more co­or­di­nated in­for­ma­tion for peo­ple who are in need of care and sup­port as well as car­ers. The changes have al­ready demon­strated ben­e­fits to peo­ple and will also see us save an es­ti­mated £50,000 a year.”

The win­ners of the LGC Awards will be an­nounced on March 13, 2019.

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