Fenland District Council has been shortlisted for three prestigious awards recognising outstanding achievements by local authorities.
Two of the shortlistings in the Municipal Journal (MJ) Awards – ‘Delivering Better Outcomes’ and ‘Trading Standards and Environmental Health’catergories – are for the key role the council played in Operation Pheasant, a multi-agency project tackling migrant exploitation, illegal gangmasters and poor conditions in private rented housing, particularly in Wisbech.
The co-ordinated action with partners such as police, HM Revenue and Customs and the Gangmaster Licensing Authority, has improved information sharing and ensured public resources are used effectively, helping improve the quality of life for migrants and the wider community.
The council has also been shortlisted in the ‘Workforce Transformation’ category for the steps councillors, managers and staff have taken to deliver savings and make the council fit for the future.
These include modernising working practices, investing in new technology and adopting new working patterns to increase productivity.
Speaking at a full council meeting, the council’s chief executive Paul Medd described the shortlistings as “a fantastic achievement” given the number of highly competitive entries from councils across Britain.
He said: “Our programme of modernisation has maintained high levels of performance, customer satisfaction and staff satisfaction, and has enabled the Council to make savings of over £1million in 2012/13 alone.
Leader John Clark added: “Operation Pheasant, in particular, is a great example of what can be achieved when different agencies work together with a common target.”
The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on June 19.