March 9 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, February 27, 2014
A pair of councillors who have helped save millions of pounds after two councils merged have been recognised with a national award.
Stephen Edwards, of Forest Heath District Council, and Dave Ray, of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, have been given a joint award by the CCLA for outstanding contribution to financial performance.
The councillors are portfolio holders for resources and performance for their respective councils and were nominated after making £3.5 million savings.
Cllr Edwards, who is also a Brandon Town councillor, said: “We were the only joint nomination for an award and I think we won because we are a good example of how councils can work together to achieve so much. Our way of working very much fits the government ethos for shared services.”
Cllr Ray said: “This award reflects the tremendous work of so many people at both councils, staff and elected members. We’re extremely proud to have won the award on behalf of everyone.”