NLC wins top award for second year running

Councillor Michael McPake.

Councillor Michael McPake.

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North Lanarkshire Council has won the best UK performer in the Environmental Health category at the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards for the second year running.

The awards compare performance statistics and service costs from councils across the UK to decide the best performing services.

North Lanarkshire’s award covers services including workplace health and safety, food safety enforcement, pest control, animal welfare, public health and housing, pollution control and environmental protection.

APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said: “The winners and finalists of these awards are proof that, despite the squeeze of austerity and continuous budget cuts, local councils can still offer excellent frontline services that successfully serve their communities.

Councillor Michael McPake, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee, said: “To win twice in two years shows our commitment to not just maintaining the level of service, but listening to the public and continuously improving how we address local issues that matter to residents, such as dog fouling, litter, food hygiene and flytipping.”