Leicestershire wins best big council award

The Times has named Leicestershire County Council as the Best Big Council in the country to work for.

Today’s prize was awarded by the newspaper following an independent survey of 2,000 county council staff, which revealed that the authority is one of Britain’s most happy and productive councils.

Kevin Feltham, the Council’s Cabinet member responsible for staff, said: “I congratulate all our staff for helping us to win this award, through their hard work and dedication.

“Leicestershire County Council is a great place to work and that helps us to attract and retain the best staff to deliver the best services.”

The survey looked at eight key areas - leadership, management, team working, attitudes to the Council as a whole, work/life balance, pay and benefits, opportunities to use skills and giving something back to the community.

Researchers also examined workforce data and various Council policies and procedures. The Council was commended for encouraging staff to speak up, offering wide ranging development opportunities and organising employee benefits.

Entry to the competition was funded by the IdeA (The Improvement and Development Agency) and LGE (Local Government Employers).