Award for Salisbury City Council for 'best practice and excellence'

Award for Salisbury City Council for 'best practice and excellence'

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:45pm 30th June 2020. (Updated at 12:51pm 30th June 2020)

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The authority's one of only 53 across the whole of England to have achieved Quality Gold status from the National Association of Local Councils.

The authority say they're 'delighted' to have got the award, making them the 6th parish council in Wiltshire to reach that standard.

The NALC Quality Gold award is given to authorities that can prove their role in building strong communities, show value for money and good business planning processes, as well as having documented plans to keep improving.

Salisbury City Council Shopmobility Team
The team from Salisbury's Shopmobility in their refurbished surroundings (photo from December 2019)

It's a prestigious award, given there are a total of 10,000 parish councils in England, with only 53 awarded this status.

The citation from the Wiltshire branch of the NALC explains why Salisbury City Council's made the grade: 

"The panel drew attention to how impressive the Council comes across operationally and in relation to staff achievements, as well as cited the positive outcomes achieved by the Council for the community, in terms of community engagement, diversity and innovation, in recent months.  It is clear that this is an active Council with evidence of strong capital and revenue budget planning. There is also strong evidence of community consultation, engagement and partnership."

Salisbury City Council awarded Time to Change employer award
Salisbury City Council is an accredited Time to Change employer (photo from February 2020)

Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Cllr John Walsh said: 

"The award of NALC Quality Gold rewards the hard work and dedication of the City Council staff and fellow Councillors. I am delighted that we have been awarded Quality Gold and, as I enter my second year as Mayor due to Covid-19, I look forward to serving the residents of the City once more as Chairman of a Quality Gold Council."

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