The man responsible for steering Central Beds Council through the economic downturn has been given a prestigious award.
Councillor Maurice Jones, who has been executive member for corporate resources since the council was formed, received the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance in the C’llr Awards.
Picking up the accolade just days after setting the council’s budget, Mr Jones said: “This is a great honour that reflects the huge progress we have made as a council in the four years since Central Bedfordshire Council was formed.
“From the outset we have made delivering value for money for residents a priority and I have had the backing of a great team of officers and councillors.”
He added: “We have spent the last few years putting council budgets in order in what have been the most challenging times for local government finances.
“By focusing on efficiency and cutting our running costs by £50 million we have managed to protect frontline services and protect households from rises in council tax as well as making investments in key areas such as roads and housing.”
The ceremony took place at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in Westminster City Hall, London on Monday (February 25).
Communities secretary Eric Pickles was the keynote speaker.
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