Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS)

The Local Council Award Scheme - launched in January 2015.

What is it?


Metheringham Parish Council have been awarded Foundation status and are currently working towards obtaining the Quality Award. 

Local councils are at the very heart of their communities; giving neighbourhoods a voice and making people more involved in the decisions that affect them. Over 15 million people (35% of the population) live in the communities served by local councils. Local councils want to serve their communities as best they can and make a real difference to the lives of the people that live there.

 

  • The new Local Council Award Scheme has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

 

  • The Award Scheme has been designed to provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector. It is only through the sector working together, to share best practice, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities that individual councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential.

3 Levels are available:-

  • Foundation
  • Quality
  • Gold 

 

 Why should Metheringham Parish Council Apply?

There are a range of reasons why a council could benefit from taking part in the award scheme. For those councils who are already confident that they perform to a high standard the scheme provides assurance to the council that it is up-to-date and progressive by the standards set by the sector. For those who wish to improve, it provides a framework to plan and make the first steps. Helping the council improve performance and confidence, with policies in place for continuous development.

Benefits: 

 To the council

         Improved performance and confidence, with policies in place for continuous development

         Recognition and respect for commitment and hard work

         Assurance of being up-to-date and progressive

To partners

         Confidence that the council is delivering to a national professional standard

To the sector

         A contribution to the national reputation of local councils demonstrating achievements and a commitment to improvement

         Our opportunity to assess and improve on our terms

Three themes:

         Good governance

         Community leadership

         Council development

 

All councils winning the award should be a celebration for councillors and officers, as their commitment and hard work is recognised and respected.

  • The award is a tool that councils can use when working with the local community or other local partners. Giving them confidence that the council is delivering to a national professional standard.
  • The scheme will contribute to the national reputation of local councils demonstrating achievements and a commitment to improvement.

  

The Foundation award is for councils who want to show they meet a set of minimum standards to deliver effectively for their communities.

To meet this award the council demonstrates that it has the required documentation and information in place for operating lawfully and according to standard practice.

The council also has policies for training for its councillors and officers and so has the foundations for improvement and development in place.

The Foundation award allows you to benchmark your performance as well as challenging you to consider your councils continuing development and improvement.

The Foundation Level award lasts for 4 yrs.