Winners 2022

Congratulations to our incredible winners and highly commended councils, all finalists should be extremely proud of their achievements and being shortlisted in a competitive year with hundred of entries.

Thanks also go to all of our sponsors who make The MJ Awards possible, to our panels of independent judges who have generously given their time, and our wonderful host Clive Myrie.

Thank you to everyone who attended The MJ Awards 2022 and we hope to see you all next year!

Please see our full Winner's Brochure here

Best Council Services Team

The frontline services that Council’s provide keep communities functioning on a daily basis. They are the most visible face of their local authority, whether they are housing, school meals, building cleaning, homecare, sports and leisure, refuse collection, street cleansing, recycling, transport, highways maintenance or street lighting. This category seeks entries from local authority service teams who have showed creativity and innovation in their service provision with a clear outcome in an improved service to residents and proven satisfaction despite budget constraints. 
 
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Winner

London Borough of Redbridge, Planning Service: Best Council Service

Highly Commended

Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council, School Catering Service

Best EV Charging Project

Local authorities are energetically supporting the switch to EV as part of their decarbonisation strategies. Installing public charging infrastructure is a good example, enabling drivers to charge their cars within their daily routine, and serving the 30% of people who don’t have access to off-street parking and charging facilities. 

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Winner

Durham County Council, SOSCI project

Highly Commended

Dundee City Council, Fleet Section

Submission is available to view here:
The MJ Awards - Dundee City Council Fleet Section.pdf
Best Social Housing Initiative

Housing has been in the headlines the past year but one of the major controversies has been over whether local authorities should have more financial powers to build their own social housing. In fact many innovative local authorities have already been developing ways of providing housing for their less well-off citizens. This category invites entries showing interesting and innovative social housing projects with clear outcomes.

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Winner

Carmarthenshire County Council, Housing Independence Project (HIP)

Highly Commended

London Borough of Southwark, New Homes Programme

Care and Health Integration

Integrating health and social care has been a real challenge for local authorities and health trusts but there have been examples of highly successful initiatives. This category invites entries from local authorities and health partners which can display imagination and innovation in bringing together – at whatever scale – care and health services under one roof to the benefit of the user.

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Winner

Essex County Council, Connect - Transforming Health and Care Services in Essex

Submission is available to view here:
Essex - MJ Award - Care and Health Integration FINAL.pdf
Highly Commended

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Home and Community Support Team

Chief Executive of the Year

In this category judges are looking for chief executives who have displayed outstanding leadership, innovation, determination and commitment to their authorities and their communities. They will be interested in examples of challenges that chief executives have tackled and surmounted over and above the day-to-day problems of the job. The size or type of authority is immaterial. What is important are the achievements of the individual. Chief executives are welcome to enter themselves but we also urge council leaders and other members of the senior management team or Cabinet to enter on their behalf. 

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Winner

Monica Fogarty, Warwickshire County Council

Community Heroes

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the very best in public services, with frontline workers across the country going far above and beyond their duties. There have been thousands of local government community heroes across the country, and now we are looking for the individuals and teams that have really shone.

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Winner

Tracy Cunningham, Derby City Council

Submission is available to view here:
the MJ Awards - Community Heroes - Derby City Council.pdf
Highly Commended

Community Champions, Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Ketteringham Depot, South Norfolk & Broadland Councils

Corporate Director of the Year

Members of the chief officer, or corporate management team, are a vital support for the chief executive and elected members and to the efficient running of the authority. This category recognises this important role and welcomes examples of strategic leadership above and beyond, ingenuity, results, values, motivational abilities and leadership in disruption as seen by citizens, partners, staff, politicians and peers. 

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Winner

Nigel Minns, Warwickshire County Council

Highly Commended

Victoria Eaton, Leeds City Council

Submission is available to view here:
Victoria Eaton Nomination.pdf
Delivering Better Outcomes

With challenging budgets for the public sector, much more emphasis is being placed on achieving more with fewer resources and with delivering outcomes not just outputs. Yet despite budget constraints councils are still expected to help their residents and their communities. This category looks at how through innovation council teams have made a real difference to the lives of their citizens by providing better outcome-focused services or projects. 

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Winner

London Borough of Enfield, NEXUS

Submission is available to view here:
NEXUS Enfield Delivering Better Outcomes Nomination.docx
Highly Commended

London Borough of Brent, Brent Hubs

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and High Peak Borough Council, Pick-Fit

Digital Transformation

A digital approach to organisational transformation should be at the centre of shaping local government structure, services, strategy and culture. It is core to transforming an organisation, changing culture, focusing service delivery on the front line, and streamlining the back office. Advances in technology help to improve efficiency in quality services at a time of higher public expectations and stagnant budgets. Sustaining significant transformation is difficult to achieve. In this category local authority teams are invited to enter examples of digital innovation that have led to the successful transformation of a service, a department or an organisation.


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Winner

Carmarthenshire County Council, Delta CONNECT

Highly Commended

Durham County Council, Tech to tackle litter

Innovation in Building Diversity and Inclusion

The benefits that diversity and inclusion can bring to organisations – be this increased creativity, innovation, wellbeing or productivity - have long been recognised, yet the pace of progress is insufficient. This category looks at those organisations that have made Equality, Diversity and Inclusion a strategic imperative, not just a tick box exercise, and have shown pioneering ways to delivered successful initiatives with proven progress and results.

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Winner

South Lanarkshire Council, Housing and Technical Resources - Innovation in Building Diversity and Inclusion within our Gypsy/Traveller communities especially in light of COVID-19

Submission is available to view here:
20220128 Building Innovation and Diversity final.pdf
Highly Commended

Worcestershire County Council, SCULPT for Accessibility

Innovation in Children’s and Adults' Services

The judges are looking for quantifiable evidence of innovation, impact and learning from a committed children’s and/or adult services team. The team will have worked efficiently and effectively to deliver demonstrable impact in services in their local area in either children’s or adult services. The winning team will have successfully integrated different services and partners and developed creative, forward thinking services for children, young people and/or adults.

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Winner

City of Wolverhampton Council, Power2

Highly Commended

Manchester City Council, New Arrivals Team

Submission is available to view here:
MJ Submission - MCC NAT.pdf
Leadership in Responding to the Climate Emergency

On 25 July 2020 the UK recorded its highest ever temperature at 38.7 degrees Celsius. Less than three months later, 3 October was the wettest day ever recorded in the UK, with enough rainfall to fill the 7.5 cubic km estimated volume of Loch Ness. If ever there was a need for tangible evidence that our climate is changing, 2020 has provided it in abundance.

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived shortly after many local authorities declared climate emergency. Some of the restrictions put in place to deal with the pandemic have had positive impacts on the determinants of climate change, such as a fall in pollution levels and an improvement in air quality.

With the approach of COP26 in November 2021, the UK will need to demonstrate global leadership and showcase its progress towards decarbonisation, biodiversity and climate adaptation. With an increasing squeeze on resources and the need to deliver meaningful change, successful local authorities will demonstrate leadership by embracing green recovery and keeping climate emergency at the heart of their agendas.

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Winner

London Borough of Enfield and London Borough of Waltham Forest supported by London Councils, Retrofit London

Submission is available to view here:
MJ Awards - Retrofit London Feb 2022.pdf
Highly Commended

Wokingham Borough Council, Wokingham Climate Change Plan in Action

Local Authority of the Year

This category highlights success not just in one local authority department or project but right across the organisation. Winning this prestige category, or reaching the shortlist, sends out a message to both staff, partners and potential partners that the local authority is a high-performing council, an important factor at a time of increasing devolution. Previous winners are councils that displayed a strong corporate centre with close synergy between the senior management team and the Cabinet, together driving innovation and high performance across the authority. Clear vision by senior management and members, strong forward planning and evidence of successful service provision should be outlined in the entry.

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Winner

Telford & Wrekin Council

Place Based Approaches to Health Equity

Within the UK there are stark differences in people’s opportunities to lead healthy lives resulting in a 20 year gap in healthy life expectancy between the richest and poorest in our society. Local government has a vital role in creating the conditions for good health: good quality work and housing; supporting communities and families to thrive and delivering investment in skills and infrastructure.

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Winner

London Borough of Newham, Well Newham: 50 Steps to a Healthier Borough

Highly Commended

Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Vaccine Inequalities Action

North Lanarkshire Council, Rainbow Shelter

Rising star

In this category, local authority managers from departments across their organisations are invited to nominate one or more of their younger staff whom they feel shows exceptional ability, dedication and promise. Entries should be submitted by the staff member’s line manager with examples of the staff member’s achievements and why the manager believes they deserve to be nominated. Nominated candidates should be available to attend the judging day. 

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Winner

Grace Couch, Swale Borough Council

Submission is available to view here:
Grace Couch mj entry 2022.pdf
Highly Commended

Emily Doorbar, Staffordshire County Council

Kristy Thakur, Hertfordshire County Council

Senior Leadership Team

This category recognizes the vital role of the senior management team in a local authority and its impact on service delivery and successful organizational change. The senior management (or leadership) team comprises the chief executive and directors of the authority and entries should be submitted by the chief executive. Entries should focus on the achievements of the team and its recognizable outcomes.

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Winner

Chorley Council and South Ribble Borough Council

Submission is available to view here:
MJ Senior Leadership Team.pdf
Transforming Lives

These could be people with a disability or health condition, those who have particular needs from being in the criminal justice system or recovering from substance misuse, those who have not had the best starts to life through family breakdown or involvement in the care system, or those from any other area that have had significant barriers. Whatever their age or background they will be groups who needed help to change their worlds.

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Winner

Nottingham City Council / Nottinghamshire County Council, Future Impact Team

Submission is available to view here:
Future Impact Transforming Lives.docx
Workforce Transformation

The local government workforce is changing. Motivated and engaged employees, with the right attitude and skills, are key to delivering customer focused and flexible services. Councils need to manage and motivate their workforces to increase productivity and transform local public services.

This award provides an excellent opportunity for councils to celebrate their achievements. How have they engaged and managed their workforces through major service transformation and delivered unique and improved services for customers, whilst at the same time providing a richer work experience for employees.

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Winner

London Borough of Sutton & The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames, Council and Community-wide Diversity and Inclusion

Highly Commended

Worcestershire County Council, SCULPT for Accessibility

Wakefield Council, Wakefield – Transforming from Inadequate to Good in Three Years

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