All roads lead to
Gretna Green for the
Young Scotland Programme
Young Scotland Programme 2013
Deadline approaching! Sign up now for the Young Scotland Programme! Our major event north of the border is set for Gretna Green in November. Closing date for bookings: Wednesday 8 October.
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.
Four nations event in Lancaster
Áine McHugh, Lyndsay Stephen and Lou Davies
In our first-ever four nations event, delegates from England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland descended on Lancaster in early September. Thirty-three delegates combined to make a huge success of the occasion, bathed in Autumn sunshine. Special awards were collected on the final evening by Lou Davies (representing Lancaster University) for 'a paper of reforming zeal, infectious in its enthusiasm', by Lyndsay Stephen (Scottish Government) for a paper on a difficult subject marked by 'candour...balancing personal input with careful research', and by Áine McHugh (Ireland's Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources) for 'an accomplished paper written in a pacey style, free of platitude and cliché'.
An outstanding Group Challenge session was notable for superb teamwork and roleplay. A special award went to the all-Ireland Group B (Claire Conroy, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ian Kerrigan, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and Maébh O'Connor, Institute of Public Administration).
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