After saving £270m, Surrey County Council wins award it never entered
Surrey County Council has been named council of the year, without even entering the national competition.
The council picked up the top award at the Improvement and Efficiency Awards for its programme of public value reviews (PVR), which saved nearly £280m.
The county council originally submitted an entry in the delivering through efficiency category and judges were so impressed they shortlisted it for the overall award.
Surrey also received a silver award for adult social care service, for supporting older and vulnerable people through its work with borough and district councils.
David Hodge, leader of the county council, said: “It is fantastic to say that we have been recognised as the best council and shows that by working together we are stronger and much better placed to provide first-class, efficient services to local people.”
The PVR programme will save £279m by 2016.