Awards success again for Wigan Council
CEO Alison McKenzie-Folan at Leigh hub
Wigan Council has been lauded for its #TeamWigan ethic and response to the pandemic in being named UK Council of the Year for 2021.
The local authority was awarded the title at the iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards in London.
Judges were impressed by the council’s submission highlighting the organisational response to the challenges posed by Covid-19, underpinned by the principles of The Deal and the culture laid out by the BeWigan behaviours; be positive, accountable, courageous and kind.
Deputy leader Councillor Keith Cunliffe and cabinet member Councillor Nazia Rehman picked up the award on behalf of the council on Wednesday evening.
Leader of the Council, Councillor David Molyneux, said: “We have been faced with unprecedented challenges in the last 18 months and to receive this kind of recognition for our response is testament to everyone’s dedication and commitment.
“We said in the early stages of the pandemic that it would take a team effort alongside our partners and the community.
“That spirit has shone through and I would like to thank each and everyone who has been a part of that.”
The council’s submission outlined successful support projects in adult social care and care homes, the humanitarian and emergency response to Covid-19, support for homeless people, test and trace, children’s social care, welfare and business support, digital innovation, environmental services and financial management.
Chief executive of Wigan Council, Alison Mckenzie-Folan, said: “I continue to be incredibly proud of how everyone has worked together with community spirit, courage and kindness at the forefront.
“It has been a real team effort and this recognition is for everyone who has contributed. Thank you #TeamWigan.”
Also included were details of the council’s redeployment of staff during the pandemic.
Catherine Lawton is a librarian who was redeployed to help support people with food and other essential assistance.
She said: “I think the response was a prime example of our BeWigan behaviours in action. Everyone was bringing a little light into people’s lives.
“The whole experience highlighted the dedication of staff and their willingness to go that extra mile.”
Wigan Council was previously named the Local Government Chronicle’s Council of the Year in 2019.
Posted on Friday 10th September 2021