Celebrating a milestone: the 10th annual Young Local Authority of the Year!

Left to right: Newcastle City Council, Wokingham Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, East Sussex County Council, London Borough of Newham, Warwickshire County Council, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Councils, Leeds City Council, Wiltshire Council

Our prestigious team competition – the Young Local Authority of the Year – is about to celebrate a milestone. Next year Lancaster will host the 10th annual staging of the event, in which teams of two have the honour of representing their council and of competing for a coveted title.

The Young Local Authority of the Year 2015 will continue our policy of encouraging the professional development of people in the early years of their local government careers – irrespective of age. It’s challenging, it’s rewarding, and it’s hugely enjoyable. As one of last year’s delegates put it: ‘Thanks for a great few days. It was a brilliant experience’.

We look forward to welcoming to Lancaster many councils who have taken part in the past as well as many who have never taken part – all together for a two-day celebration of the brightest and best in local government.

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Faces of 2014

It’s been another busy and rewarding year for the Young Programme. We began in February with the Young Local Authority of the Year, travelled north the following month for the International Young Scotland Programme, moved back to Lancaster in June for the Young England and Wales Programme, and in September we experimented successfully with a three-in-one programme involving delegates from England, Ireland and Scotland.

The year came to an end in Gretna Green with the Young Scotland Programme in November. After the Christmas and New Year break, it all starts up again with the 2015 Young Local Authority of the Year.

Meanwhile, here are just a few of the faces of 2014 – some of the delegates who helped to make the year an outstanding one.