Essex Council nominated for award after “groundbreaking” domestic abuse campaign

Communities / Thu 15th Jan 2015 at 02:05pm

ESSEX County Council has been shortlisted for three different projects in the 2015 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.

A new campaign approach to domestic abuse (Standing Together), an educational programme (Risk Avert) aimed at identifying and working with adolescents vulnerable to multiple risk taking, and an information services modernisation project involving over 8,000 staff are up for the awards and highlight the variety of innovative and vital work taking place across the county.

Over 650 entries were received from local authorities nationally across 19 categories and teams from Essex County Council will be presenting to their expert judging panels later this month.

Leader of Essex County Council, Councillor David Finch said: “These prestigious awards allow us to demonstrate and celebrate the range of work taking place across the county to the rest of the country. The projects cover a variety of key areas and highlight news ways of working to save taxpayers money and deliver real outcomes.

“We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment to changing the way we work to meet the challenges we face. For example, our Standing Together campaign, in partnership with Essex Police and Risk Avert programme help us to ensure vulnerable people across Essex have access to, and are aware of the ways to get help and support, keeping them safe and allowing them control of their lives.

“Our IT modernisation programme has used the latest technology to drive efficiency across the Council with over 8000 staff now able to meet virtually with colleagues and collaborate with partners seamlessly, saving taxpayers money by reducing operating, printing and travel costs.”

The winners will be announced at the national ceremony on 11 March 2015 at Grosvenor House, London.

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