City Council scoops national awards

Overall Council of the year team picture

Oxford City Council has been named Council of the Year by a national association for public sector organisations.

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Service Awards recognise staff and teams in local government who provide high quality services within their communities.

The Council was also awarded the Best Housing, Regeneration or New Build Initiative Award for its innovative Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing scheme. The scheme was the first of its kind in the country and has led to an increase in quality for renters and reduced the number of complaints by half.

Over 60 different councils were represented across 21 categories, with the City Council being nominated for ten awards, winning two.

Peter Sloman, Chief Executive of Oxford City Council said: “I am thrilled that the Council has been recognised for this award. Over the past five years, we have strived to improve service delivery across the council.

“This is a clear signal that all the hard work from every member of staff on the frontline has been recognised. We want to build a world-class city for everyone and that means improving and pushing ourselves to be better, something we are clearly achieving.”

This is the second national award to recognise the work of Oxford City Council in the last three months, the Council was named Overall Winner at the Investors in People Awards in July.

Earlier this week, the Council received a bronze award in the Gold Standard Challenge for its commitment to preventing homelessness from the National Practitioner Support Service. The Gold Standard Challenge is a peer-reviewed scheme for local authorities and is funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government.