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Local Council Award Scheme

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The Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS)  exists to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, to provide a governance framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme offers all local councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.


The Town Council achieved the award in 2020 and is the first Council in Cumbria to achieved this level of sector excellence.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor receiving the Local Council Award Certifcate

Cllrs. Lawson and Jackson accepting the award from the Cumbria Association Local Councils Chair Cllr. Sue Castle Clarke

Penrith Town Council strives to serve the local community and make a real difference to the lives of local people. After an in-depth peer, review by the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) the Town Council has been awarded the ‘Quality Award.’

To achieve this award, a council ‘must demonstrate that it meets all requirements of the Foundation Award and has additional documentation and information in place for good governance, effective community engagement and council improvement.

The Quality award criteria includes the eligibility criteria for the general power of competence.’ The Town Mayor, Cllr Doug Lawson received the Award Certificate on behalf of the Council.

“As the Mayor of Penrith and council chair, I am delighted to announce that Penrith Town Council is the first council in Cumbria to be awarded the Quality Award under the Local Council Award Scheme. An impressive achievement for a council established in only 2015.

Over the last five years, the council officers and members have worked tirelessly to reach these quality sector standards. We want to acknowledge the support of the Cumbria Association of Local Councils throughout the process.

This achievement recognises that Penrith Town Council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. The council has had an independent sector performance assessment, which identifies the council’s commitment and hard work.

The assessment assures that the council’s operations are up-to-date, lawful, inclusive, engaging and progressive. Our local community, stakeholders and partners now have evidence to inspire their confidence that Penrith Town Council is delivering to a national quality standard.

I am impressed by all the work carried out to help reach the Quality Award standard, and Penrith provides an excellent example of how a council can contribute positively to the well-being of the local and the wider community.

It is through the sector working together to share best practice, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities, that individual councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their hard work and dedication. It is gratifying for all the hard work Penrith Town Council does for the community to be recognised. We will continue to strive to reach the highest sector standards and are building on this success to achieve the Quality Gold standard.


Penrith Town Council’s aims to provide consistent, quality services and to strive for continuous improvement for all activities, processes, operations, policies and decisions which support the Council’s Business Plan by:

  • Developing and maintaining activities that are assessed, planned, implemented,  and evaluated
  • Monitoring and increasing the Council’s capacity by supporting and developing Members and staff using external expertise where appropriate
  • Investing in technology and equipment to increase efficiency and responsiveness
  • Working in partnership with stakeholders
  • Building successful relationships with clients and communities by identifying their needs through community engagement and consultation

The Council’s performance is measured by:

  • Continuous excellent internal and external audit reports
  • Remaining eligible to use the Power of General Competence
  • Publicly reporting performance via newsletters, annual reports and social media posts
  • Undertaking satisfaction surveys on its services
  • And retaining the Local Council Awards Scheme Quality Award and working towards the Quality Gold Award

Use this link to open a PDF copy of the Local Council Award Scheme 


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