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28 October 2015

LA Challenge - The Results

 Local Authority Challenge

7 Local Authorities from the East Midlands participated alongside 25 authorities from the East of England region to win the coveted Local Authority Challenge on 27 October. The LA Challenge was held at Duxford Air Museum, providing an inspirational background to the event.

The Local Authority Challenge is back and this time it is open to councils across two regions – the East of England & East Midlands!

Once again the challenge will offered a rare opportunity for aspiring managers across local government to gain exposure to issues outside of their normal working lives and give them a taste of what senior management is like.

 East Midlands Award for

East Midlands Award for Media Interaction - Steve Welsby, City of Lincoln Council

East Midlands Award for Best Chief Executive - Lee Collins, Peterborough City Council

East Midlands Award for Best Presentation - South Holland District Council

East Midlands Award for Best Recovery Plan - South Kesteven District Council

Overall Winner - Braintree District Council (from the East of England region)

East Midlands area winner - Peterborough City Council

Runners up - City of Lincoln Council

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How it worked

The challenge was open to teams of six people from any area of local authority work. Delegates spent the day as the management team of a fictional local authority, encountering many of the tasks that a real corporate team would deal with.

They had to work as a team, with neighbouring councils and with partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council.

They had to choose which areas to prioritise, deal with politically sensitive issues and still keep their focus on how to give the public the best services with limited resources.

Important outcomes from the challenge

  • Gain a practical insight into how a local authority management team works.
  • Work with colleagues from across your organisation to improve joint working when you return.
  • Think about your own councils transformational agenda and develop innovative ideas to take back to your organisation.
  • Develop ways of managing the current financial constraints.
  • Engage in partnership working and political communication to gain a better understanding of the benefits this can bring.




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