The new Local Council Award Scheme was launched on 6th January 2015 and recognises and celebrates the successes of the very best councils, providing a framework to support all councils improve and develop to meet their full potential. Being part of the scheme enables your council to be an example of the very best that town and parish councils can be.
The scheme will offer the opportunity to show that your council meets a set of standards and practices set by the sector, assessed by your peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement. Detail of the scheme can be downloaded here: Local Council Award Scheme Jan 2015
Local councils are at the very heart of their communities; giving neighbourhoods a voice and making people more involved in the decisions that affect them. Over 15 million people (35% of the population) live in the communities served by them.
Through an extensive range of discretionary powers local councils provide and maintain a variety of important and visible local services.
The Local Council Award Scheme scheme exists to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.
The Award Scheme has been designed to provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector. It is only through the sector working together, to share best practice and drive up standards that individual councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential
The first step is to register online with NALC. You will then be charged a £50 registration fee by NALC. You do not need to have all the criteria in place at this stage, you are simply registering your interest in taking part in the scheme.
The quality council scheme has three award levels (You can apply for any award level, you don't need to start at Foundation)
The Foundation award is for councils who want to show they meet a set of minimum standards to deliver effectively for their communities. To meet this award the council demonstrates that it has the required documentation and information in place for operating lawfully and according to standard practice. The council also has policies for training for its councillors and officers and so has the foundations for improvement and development in place.
The Foundation award allows you to benchmark your performance as well as challenging you to consider your councils continuing development and improvement.
The Quality Award demonstrates that a council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. Quality councils go above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.
To achieve the Quality Award a council demonstrates that it meets all requirements of the Foundation Award and has additional evidence of good governance, effective community engagement and council improvement. Due to the level of this achievement, a council with a Quality Award is eligible to use the general power of competence.
The Quality Gold Award demonstrates that a council is at the forefront of best practice and achieves excellence in governance, community leadership and council development. Quality Gold councils provide leadership for their communities, bring people together, have excellent business planning processes, ensuring value for money as well as constantly seeking new innovations and opportunities to improve. They highlight the very best we, as a sector, can achieve for our communities.