Quality award could give council more local power

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IT’S official – Croughton Parish Council represents the whole community.

The council has this week announced that it has been awarded Quality Status by the National Association of Local Councils.

The national award is given to those councils which are able to demonstrate that they represent the whole community, communicates with its residents and is properly managed and responsible.

The council had to prepare a comprehensive portfolio of evidence and participate in a Panel Assessment to demonstrate that it had reached the required standard in ten areas of competence, including having a fully qualified clerk, communication and community engagement, accountability, promoting local democracy and citizenship and employee and councillor training.

Chairman, Councillor Pamela Gelder, said: “We are thrilled to obtain this award as it recognises the commitment and hard work of our councillors and clerk to attain a nationally recognised standard of professionalism.

“We are proud to become the 14th council in Northamptonshire to have received the award since the scheme was launched in 2003.

“This is our new benchmark for serving our community and we look forward to continuing to improve our performance.

“In the future, our Quality Status may give us the opportunity to be given any devolved power, which will enable us to provide more locally beneficial services in Croughton.”