Wolverhampton Makes “Local Authority of the Year” Finalists 2017.

IMG_5708 City CouncilThe City of Wolverhampton as a Local Authority has been under huge pressure over years now, as this Conservative Government strips out grants that we have previously used to support and run services. Loss of Government Grant has made a huge impact upon the City.

But despite that happening. The City Council has tried to do things in providing services both differently and more efficiently.

We are still facing budget cuts in our Grant, and we are doing what we can to deliver good services, within the allocations that remain.

On Wednesday the 12th April , the City Council was represented at the MJ Awards 2017 finalist presentation for ‘Local Authority of the Year’ in London.

Supporting the City representatives, which were The Leader of the Council -Cllr Roger Lawrence and the Managing Director Keith Ireland was Local Enterprise Board member Ninder Johal and City of Wolverhampton Council project officer Savrina Kaur.

Wolverhampton  had 20 minutes to present to the judges in this final stage of the process.

I think Councillors like me feel that for Wolverhampton City Council, this really is evidence of the progress we are making as an Authority. The Leader of the Council and the Managing Director should be very proud that the City Council has been nominated for this Award for the second year running, as should the City as a whole.

This is a very prestigious local government award, and like the MD reports to City Councillors it “is a huge endorsement for all our employees and elected members.”

The City Council will find out how we have done on 15 June.

The council was shortlisted for a record seven MJ awards this year as well as being highly commended in another.

When there is so much taking place in Local Government that is gloomy, this for me raises some hope that we will be able to continue to deliver efficient services into the future for our residents, and our businesses.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more