BARNSLEY Council has been named as one of the best local authorities in the country in the Local Government Chronicle Awards.

The council has been shortlisted in the Council of the Year category, for demonstrating a strong and sustained performance, as well as excellent leadership.

Coun Sir Steve Houghton, leader of Barnsley Council, said: “It’s fantastic to be shortlisted for Council of the Year against other leading local government authorities.

“Our submission highlights we’re bucking the trends and delivering big ambitions to improve our borough for residents, communities and businesses.

“We’ve had to be brave and innovative to enable Barnsley to be the place of possibilities that fosters and grows ambition, enabling everyone to be the best they can be.

“Our journey has been hard-earned; we’ve reinvented and found new economic purpose that makes us stand out from the rest.

“From our award-winning town centre redevelopment to nationally recognised accessible museums, outstanding 0-19 Public Health Nursing Services and dedicated support for businesses, communities, and residents.

“And that’s not all.

“We truly believe it’s time to believe in the possibilities of Barnsley, and to look to the future with excitement and optimism.”

Sarah Norman, Chief Executive of Barnsley Council, added: “I’m incredibly proud of this achievement, it provides the recognition that our employees deserve and shows just how far we’ve come in making Barnsley the place of possibilities.

“I would like to say a personal thanks to each and every one of our employees for working incredibly hard in providing excellent services to our communities and playing their part in making this incredible achievement possible.

“Congratulations and good luck to everyone shortlisted.”

The winners will be announced on June 8.