Newham Wins Local Government Chronicle Awards 2013

15 March 2013 in Community safety and Council and democracy and Housing and Mayor
Newham Council won more awards than any other council at the prestigious Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards this week.​
The three LGC Awards 2013 won by Newham
The LGC awards recognise best practice in local government, the work of council services to transform lives and councils that deliver first-class services and efficiencies.
Newham Council was nominated in eight categories – more than any other council. Our award winners are:
Efficiency – Our efficiency programme has delivered £114m of savings and our commitment to protect residents’ priorities has enabled us to spend more on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, supporting young people and helping residents into jobs.  Fifth successive years of Council Tax freezes has ensured the lowest Council Tax in Outer London.
Counter-Fraud – The team has recouped nearly £1m of council money from fraudsters. Their innovative ways of working are helping to uncover other criminal offences, restoring confidence in the council and proving crime really does not pay.
Best Front Line Team – Housing underpins our resilience agenda, providing the tools and skills to help residents overcome difficult circumstances. As the first local authority to introduce borough-wide private rented property sector licensing, we have shaped the national agenda.
The council’s Every Child Programme – including free schools meals, Every Child a Reader, Every Child a Musician and Every Child a Chess Player was also highly commended for improving the life chances of the borough’s young people.
Sir Robin Wales Mayor of Newham said: "Every member of staff should be proud of our achievement in both being nominated for and winning more LGC Awards 2013 than any other council. Our success is down to hard work, enthusiasm and commitment from people across the council.
“Despite facing some of the biggest cuts in country, we have managed to protect frontline services and have also invested in areas that will drive resilience in the future.
"The last year has been phenomenal for the council, not only have we maximised Games opportunities for local people, we've also implemented the boldest, most innovative policy of any local authority in the country.
"Our efforts have ensured a significant increase in resident satisfaction in recognition of the quality services we are delivering. Having set the bar high, we now have to make sure we continue to give our very best over the coming months and look forward to achieving even more success and recognition in the future."​