Rotherham in line for local government awardPublished Tuesday, 14th January 2014
The Council has been shortlisted for two different partnership projects in the national Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.
Considering that this year the LGC Awards received the most entries in its history, Rotherham Council having two projects shortlisted is seen as a brilliant achievement.
Councillor Akhtar, the Deputy Leader of the Council, said about the recognition, "With the need to achieve significant efficiency savings during an unprecedented period of austerity, Rotherham and Doncaster Council's HR and Payroll Shared Service has provided a framework to realise joint benefits, maximise the use of technology and improve services, while the savings delivered are helping more resources to be focused on front-line service delivery to our citizens.
"This is an eight-year shared service agreement that has seen Doncaster Council's 50 HR and Payroll employees transfer to Rotherham Council in our HR Shared Service Centre in Riverside House, processing more than 30,000 payroll records each month.
"Doncaster Council and ourselves have recognised that the HR and Payroll Shared Service is already producing service efficiencies by successfully combining knowledge, experience and skills to create an environment where best practice is shared and encouraged for the benefit of both councils.
"This is a fantastic recognition and testament for a service and its workforce who have been going above and beyond the call of duty at a time when back office staff are under increasing pressures.
"I'd like to add my congratulations for both the HR and Public Health teams for being nominated and all the hard work they have put in to get such national recognition."
Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Ken Wyatt, added about Heart Town, "The threat of heart disease is one that can touch any family, any community, at any time.
"Rotherham Heart Town has focused on bringing together the very best of current thinking with the enthusiastic drive of volunteers who have had their own lives changed by this disease.
"Being shortlisted for this award recognises the real impact this project is having in Rotherham, including massively increasing the number of community defibrillators available to save lives in the event of a heart attack, providing widespread training and education on heart health, and bringing the whole community together in fundraising and physical activity events.
"It's been fantastic recognition to a project that's been the pride and passion of a dedicated group of people, which has already made such an important impact on life in Rotherham.
Emma Maier, Editor of the LGC said, "Congratulations to all shortlisted organisations. Local government has lots to shout about, and these awards are part of that. Each of you should feel proud to be among our finalists."
Winners will be announced on 12 March 2014 at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Over 600 of the local government 'family' will join together for the awards.