Magazine article Public Finance

Outstanding Public Servant of the Year

Magazine article Public Finance

Outstanding Public Servant of the Year

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As the government counts the costs of the local election results and the extensive ministerial reshuffle that followed, it seems that public services are again centre stage.

The race is on to sort out the problems at the Home Office, introduce a local government white paper, push the education bill through Parliament, help NHS trusts to get back into surplus, reduce antisocial behaviour and improve standards in social housing. And all this has to happen just as the public finances start to get very tight

Of course, any progress will depend on the performance of public servants, both at the front line and in support positions. The pressure might be on, but there are plenty of examples of individuals and teams going above and beyond the call of duty.

This is clear from the entries to the Public Servants of the Year Awards, which take place in London's prestigious Grosvenor House hotel next week. The finalists have all demonstrated a huge commitment to improving services to the patient, pupil, tenant, citizen or other end user.

There are 13 categories this year, plus two overall awards - the Outstanding Team of the Year and the Outstanding Public Servant of the Year. The latter prize, again sponsored by Zurich Municipal, is now in its sixth year and is highly regarded in the public sector. Previous winners include firefighter Ken Hunter and rapid response officer Badrul Hussain.

Whoever follows in their footsteps will have made an exceptional contribution to public services.

This year, the individual finalists faced a tougher assessment process. …

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