Harrow was named the Best Achieving Council in the UK at the MJ Awards.The long-running awards recognise “outstanding performance in local government”.
The judges chose Harrow for delivering “sustained and embedded change, using a modern approach to doing business but never losing sight of its priorities, namely its residents.” They added, “Its political and managerial leaders showed both maturity and professionalism and their sense of passion and pride for Harrow is tangible.”
The Council’s legal department was also highly commended in the Excellence in Legal Services Achievement of the Year category.
Cllr Bill Stephenson, Leader of Harrow Council, said: “Working together with residents and the entire community, we are transforming Harrow Council to improve the services our residents rely on and deliver the savings that government cuts demand.
“There is an awful lot more to do and this award will provide extra motivation as we work together with the community to find solutions to the challenges ahead.”
Michael Lockwood, chief executive of Harrow Council, said: “We have made enormous progress, improving performance while delivering significant savings and I congratulate and pay credit to every member of staff for the hard work and dedication in making this happen.”
Ealing Council won the award in 2009.