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Bereavement Services Shortlisted for National Award

The Council has been shortlisted for a national award for the way it manages its eight cemeteries and crematorium.

It is a finalist in the “most improved” category for cemetery and crematorium provision in the Association for Public Service Excellence’s (APSE) performance networks awards.

APSE is a not-for-profit local government body working with more than 300 councils to promote excellence in key public services.

The annual event celebrates the achievements of the best and most improved services by comparing performance information relating to quality, cost and customer satisfaction.

The category features 10 other contenders including Aberdeen City Council, Conwy County Borough Council, Leicester City Council and Oxford City Council. The winner will be announced in Blackpool on Thursday, 7 December.

Cllr. Ann Beech, Cabinet member for operational services, said: “To be shortlisted in this category for the second year, among many larger authorities, is a fantastic achievement in itself. It’s validation that the Council is providing a high performing service to bereaved families that is among the best in the country.”

The Council’s bereavement services are classed as Gold Standard by the Industry of Cemetery and Crematorium Management.