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Knowsley Council wins Local Authority of the Year Award

by Cathy Sheel

Knowsley Council has won the prestigious “Local Authority of the Year” award at this year’s The Municipal Journal Awards which took place today.

The Council was one of three local authorities to be shortlisted – and the only Council to be shortlisted in the North West.

These national awards aim to celebrate and showcase the finest examples of local government across the country.

The Council’s submission focussed on its aspirations for the borough and its residents and businesses; its effective leadership; robust financial management combined with a collaborative strategic plan for growth.

The Council has a clear and ambitious vision to support those in need, develop inclusive skills and growth, and tackle the climate emergency.  This is underpinned by the well-established Knowsley Better Together principles which unify communities, organisations and businesses, working together to pool ideas, expertise and resources and achieve more than they could alone.

Mike Harden, Chief Executive of Knowsley Council, said: “I’m delighted that we have been nationally recognised as The Municipal Journal’s Local Authority of the Year. We’ve had to deal with some huge challenges, but at the same time we have achieved so much. This recognition is a reward for the 2,500 council staff and all of our councillors who do so much to serve the people of Knowsley.

“Our staff really do go above and beyond on a daily basis for the benefit of our community. I know that our councillors will agree with me that this award belongs to them. Well done!”