The work Boston Borough Council has carried out looking at the impact of population change has scooped a couple of top awards – dubbed the ‘equivalent of Britain’s Got Talent’.
The authority was awarded top national honours at the Centre for Public Scrutiny awards in London last night.
The council’s work on the social impact of population change received the peers’ award at the very start of the ceremony after being judged by delegates at the annual conference. And at the very end it received the winners’ winner’s Overall Impact award.
The council was also one of three shortlisted for an award in the Raising the Profile category.
Announcing the main award of the evening Nick Raynsford MP, chairman of the CfPS, said: “This is the top award, the pinnacle, scrutiny’s equivalent of Britain’s Got Talent.”
He said the work by Boston Borough Council had demonstrated the need for a community to work together.
Chairman of the all-party population change task and finish group, Coun Paul Kenny, and leader of the council, Coun Peter Bedford, thanked all who had contributed to the project, all who had given evidence and all council staff who had worked hard on the process.
Delegates at the conference spoke about Boston’s ‘bravery’ in tackling such a sensitive subject as immigration and praised the report for its no-nonsense and straight forward approach which had sought to guarantee all who wanted to could take part in its production.