SUNDERLAND City Council has won a top award at a national ceremony.
The authority was named Best Achieving Council at the MJ awards, a ceremony that recognises the achievements of local authorities across the country.
The council’s entry focused on how it has tried to protect one of the city’s major sources of employment and avoided making compulsory redundancies.
Other elements that made up their entry included achieving savings of £58million last year and a further £28million this year and opening a new more accessible Customer Service Centre.
Sunderland City Council leader, Coun Paul Watson, said: “We have spent the last three years looking at how we can do things differently and better to improve and safeguard public services and jobs, at the same time as making sure we continue to support the most vulnerable people in our city.
“It’s fantastic to see this commitment being recognised at a national level.
“Being recognised as best achieving council is a testament to the hard work of everyone at the council.
“None of this could have been achieved without the commitment and support of councillors, trade unions, managers and employees and our ambition for Sunderland’s communities and the city as whole.”
Chief executive, Dave Smith added: “We’re committed to making the council as efficient as possible and it’s good to have that recognised by industry experts.”
The judges said that Sunderland has “long been a high performing council, and its significant achievements, often unsung ones, have deservedly made it an all-round winner for the Best Achieving Council of 2012.”