Young Local Authority of the Year 2016


Every year, teams of two members of staff representing councils across the UK come together to compete for the prestigious title Young Local Authority of the Year.

The holders of the title are Brent Council; previous winners include Wiltshire Council, Leeds City Council, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, Warwickshire County Council, the London Borough of Newham, East Sussex County Council, Hampshire County Council, Wokingham Borough Council and – way back in 2006! – Newcastle City Council.

Now we’re looking forward to the 2016 Young Local Authority of the Year competition, which will be held in Lancaster in February.

It’s a wonderful annual opportunity for councils to develop and encourage their promising talent. Delegates must be 18 or over, but the competition is ‘age-positive': there’s no upper age limit. All we ask is that delegates are in the early stages of their local government careers, irrespective of age.

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Launch of new ‘Young Thinkers’ series

There is great excitement at the Young Programme over the launch in 2016 of a new Young Thinkers series of events. The first is set for April and will bring together delegates from three sectors: health, education, and business and professional. It will be an inspiring and creative mix under one roof, with each delegate group having its own awards on the final evening.

The aim, as always, is developing communication skills, building confidence, and broadening the horizons of people in the early years of their careers. Minimum age for taking part is 18 – but no upper age limit (delegates can be young in years or in terms of professional development – so people who have come late to a career are welcome no mater what their age!).

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Clydesdale Bank triumph at Young Scotland Programme

Nicole Baillie of Clydesdale Bank won the Richard Wild Award at the winter course of the Young Scotland Programme for her ‘well-informed, well-written and moving paper’ on the invisibility of the Special Olympics. The award is given annually in memory of a young journalist who was killed in Baghdad in 2003. Nicole, a graduate of Glasgow University, who is pictured above with Richard’s father, Robin, brought a personal knowledge of the Special Olympics to her winning paper. Eilidh Harris of St Andrews University was runner-up for her ‘intellectually mature’ paper advocating the continued promotion of the humanities as an academic discipline. Pip Mackie of Cairngorms National Park Authority was highly commended and Ryan Mason of Clydesdale Bank was commended. The award for best On The Spot went to Guangyuan Zhu of Food Standards Scotland.

The winning group at the winter course of the Young Scotland Programme:
Jack Mayberry, Eilidh Harris, Nicole Green and Louise Nicol

Writing competition for senior school students goes nationwide

This autumn sees young writers across the country hard at work preparing their entries for one of two competitions – England and Wales Schools’ Young Writer of the Year and the Scottish Schools’ Young Writer of the Year. Closing date for entries: Friday 18 December. Watch this space early in the new year for news of the winners of these exciting non-fiction writing competitions, piloted in Scotland in 2015.

Autumn four nations event

Thirty-nine delegates, four nations, one happy occasion: the annual international event in the Young UK & Ireland Programme calendar took place in Lancaster. Three delegates carried off titles on the final evening. Peter Bevilacqua, Yorkshire Bank, (above) was named England and Wales Young Thinker (Autumn Course) 2015 for a paper on drugs in sport which was commended for its ‘terse, speakable language’ and the accomplished manner in which it was presented. Mary Lyne of the Citizens Information Board (above left) won the title Ireland Young Thinker of the Year 2015 for a terrific piece of ‘mature and insightful’ writing on the migrant crisis which was presented with confidence and authority. Scotland Young Thinker (Autumn Course) 2015 was Isla McCulloch from Social Investment Scotland (above middle). Hers was a buzzy paper on food waste and the more general inequality of resources. Full of energy and idealism and snappily written, it was presented with an infectious enthusiasm.

Michelle Fisher of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (below right), Benjamin O’Gorman of the Office of the Information Commissioner (below middle) and Tiffany Williamson of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (below left) were all highly commended.

The winning discussion group was Group F (Sarah Brodie, Yorkshire Bank, Stuart Holmes, Forth Ports Limited, Zara Lafferty, Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Robert McGuinness, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources) – photo below – for their presentation on the subject of education. In a lively session with some great role play overall, they gave a ‘well-planned piece of theatre’ which was ‘strangely haunting’.

Thanks to all 39 delegates for a their hard work and for making the entire event so happy and successful!