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PRESS RELEASE - Brent Council nominated for two LGC Awards
Brent Council nominated for two LGC Awards Two innovative and pioneering Brent Council projects have been shortlisted for the LGC Awards which will be taking place on 13 March 2019 at Grosvenor House, Park Lane. The Community Hub in Harlesden and i4B Holdings Limited- a Brent Council owned company housing homeless families in the private sector have been recognised under the categories of Community Involvement and Housing Initiative respectively. Both entries have demonstrated outstanding practice as well as cutting-edge innovations in local government, and will now be put before the judging panel to decide a winner. The Community Hub in Harlesden has stood out as a project which has involved local communities extensively in shaping a service which meets the needs of residents. The success of the hub has led to the council’s Cabinet recently giving the go ahead for the model to be rolled out across the borough. The council-owned i4B company has provided an innovative and cost effective solution to address the housing crisis by rehousing families living in expensive temporary accommodation into the private rented sector. The company has made a real difference to people’s lives by providing homes in residential neighbourhoods into which residents can settle without fear of sudden eviction. It has provided a model for council’s to work in a commercially-minded way, helping to achieve improved outcomes for Brent residents whilst generating income and achieving revenue savings for the council. LGC editor Nick Golding said: “The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation is providing the best services for residents, despite local government facing enormous budget cuts.” Councillor Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader for Brent Council said: “We are very pleased to have been nominated for two LGC Awards. These awards highlight best practice and innovation across local government and it is an honour to have not one but two of our projects recognised for the positive work they are doing in the community”.