With Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing, leading York City Council has been shortlisted for the prestigious Local Government Chronicle annual awards and has been put forward for prizes in both the Housing and Economic Support award categories.
Council’s shortlisted as part of the awards for outstanding practice and setting extremely high standards. The Council’s Housing Team has been recognised for its work on York’s ambitious Housing Delivery Programme, described last year by the Guardian as ‘the UK’s most ambitious council-led housing programme in a generation’ (Guardian – Oct 2020). The programme will deliver more than 600 new homes in York on Council-owned land, as well as helping to reduce fuel poverty, support sustainable transport and tackle the climate emergency through the delivery of zero-carbon housing.
Also, whilst 2021 was a tough year for York’s economy, given the impact of the pandemic, the council’s Economic Growth team supported businesses across the city during this incredibly difficult period; administering over 25,000 grants worth £114 million, and investing £1 million in additional support for those businesses who did not qualify for Government funding. The team also established the Business Growth Voucher Scheme, enabling businesses to access up to £1,000 support, and also helped to launch York as the first ‘Good Business Charter city’, promoting ethical standards in business practices.
The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures within local government.
Councillor Denise Craghill, Executive Member for Housing said:
“To be shortlisted by the Local Government Chronicle for an award for our progressive Housing programme is a credit to the work being done by our Housing Delivery team.
“It is crucial for tackling climate change, future energy costs and energy security that new build homes are both energy efficient and support low carbon lifestyles in mutually supportive communities. The key role that our housing programme is playing in setting such standards has already been recognised by the United Nations and Friends of the Earth/Ashden and I really welcome this recognition being among the very best in Local Government in the UK.
“I would like to congratulate all those involved in the work that has been shortlisted, and of course, I hope that we go on to win.”