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National Recognition for Council Services

NEWCASTLE’S cemeteries/crematorium and street cleansing teams have been shortlisted for nationwide public sector excellence awards.

The Borough Council services have been ranked amongst the most improved and best performing in the country by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE). 

Now, they will go forward to APSE’s 2016 national performance networks awards ceremony in Blackpool in December where the overall winners will be announced.

To make the final shortlist of eight local authorities in their respective categories, Newcastle’s cemeteries/ crematorium and street cleansing services were each assessed over a series of specific performance benchmarks – including staff skills, training and absences, costs and value for money – then compared with other councils and previous years’ performances.

Cllr. Ann Beech, the Council’s Cabinet member for Operational Services, said: “To be shortlisted for two separate ‘performance excellence’ awards, against competition from so many other local authorities throughout the UK, is an achievement that we should be extremely proud of.

“It also demonstrates very clearly that the Borough Council’s services are not only judged to be amongst the best in the country, but are also continuing to improve.”

APSE’s 2016 national performance networks awards take place at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool on 1st December.