City council picks up two national awards

City Chambers, George Square.
City Chambers, George Square.

Two Glasgow teams have picked up awards at a prestigious event celebrating exceptional achievements in local government.

The Municipal Journal’s annual Achievement Awards were held last week, with Glasgow City Council the only Scottish authority to win across 16 categories.

Glasgow took the national Workforce Transformation award; a programme that has involved around 2600 city workers.

The new, more efficient and streamlined model they have created is now saving £5 million for frontline public services – at a time when local budgets are under unprecedented pressure.

The city also won the award for Delivering Better Outcomes – with judges recognising Glasgow’s trailblazing Improving the Cancer Journey (ICJ) service.

ICJ sees the council working in close partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to provide a comprehensive package of support for people diagnosed with cancer that is available anywhere in the UK.

City treasurer Bailie Philip Braat said: “I’m tremendously proud of both our teams – and delighted that their achievements have been recognised at a national level.

“I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with staff from both of these teams in the last couple of weeks and see, first-hand, what a huge contribution they are making to our city and Glaswegians.

“These awards are all about their creativity, their resilience and, above all, their commitment to delivering for Glasgow and all of its people.”

More than 2600 people from in excess of 300 different locations have come together to form a single Customer and Business Services team – making best use of resources.

The programme is now firmly on course to save the council £5 million over four years.