Redbridge Council named Young Local Authority of the Year 2018

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 March 2018

Redbridge Town Hall. Picture Google Maps

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Redbridge might not have won the London Borough of Culture, but it still managed to pick up an award last week thanks to the dedication of two “rising stars”.

Redbridge Council has been crowned Young Local Authority of the Year in a national competition.

Winners Miranda Black and Sarah Tranter fended off challenges from 38 local authority teams to scoop the title for Redbridge.

Hosted by the Young Programme, the annual competition aims to develop and recognise the skills of local government officers in the early stages of their careers.

National management trainee, Miranda, 24, and policy project lead, Sarah, 26, excelled in all three elements of the competition held in Lancaster on Friday, February 23.

The team were commended for their opening “quirky, touching and inspiring” presentation about a charismatic local leader.

This was followed by a pre-prepared argument about Britain’s “broken democracy”, which judges complimented for its “polish and flair”.

For the final assessment, the pair gave an on-the-spot response to a question about women’s rights.

The adjudicators described their argument as “evocative, passionate and powerful”.

Sarah said: “We are so proud to have been involved in this competition and represent Redbridge.

“We joined to challenge ourselves and by winning this award we hope to have drawn attention to the topics we have raised and given recognition to our council.”

Miranda added: “The event was incredible, it was great to hear speeches presented in such innovative ways and on such a range of topics, and everyone was really supportive of each other.”

Chief executive, Andy Donald said winning the award was a fantastic achievement for both women.

“We have so many great members of staff here in Redbridge, and it’s wonderful to see their commitment and talent recognised by this award,” he said.

Redbridge Council offers a number of opportunities for young people.

It runs an apprenticeship scheme with Work Redbridge and takes part in the National Graduate Development Programme which is a two year management scheme run by the Local Government Association for graduates.

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