Wigan Council in the running for council of the year award

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Wigan Council has been shortlisted for the prestigious LGC Awards 2019 just months after The Deal was hailed as the future for health services by The Kings Fund.

The council has been announced as a finalist for Council of the Year at the awards which recognise excellence in local government across the country.

Wigan Council will go up against Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cornwall Council, Coventry County Council, Hull City Council and North East Lincolnshire Council for the award which will be announced next year.

The nomination comes just months after the council’s flagship reform programme The Deal was hailed as the model that health organisations should replicate due to its success here in the borough.

Judges have been impressed by the impact The Deal has had on the borough despite being the third worst affected by cuts in funding from Central Government over the last eight years.

LGC editor Nick Golding said: “The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation is providing the best services for residents, despite local government facing enormous budget cuts. “The officers and councillors of shortlisted councils deserve enormous credit for thinking of new ways to deliver the best services, ensuring vital services thrive in the era of austerity.”

The council will be assessed by a panel of judges before finding out if it has been successful in March 2019