KIRKLEES Council has been named the best for councillor development.
Kirklees council beat other councils from across the country to win the MJ Achievement Award for Best Councillor Development.
The national awards recognise achievement in local government services and the winners were announced during a ceremony at the London Hilton hotel.
Kirklees Council’s member development programme includes an accreditation in public sector modernisation, the first of its kind for councillors in the country, which has been arranged with Huddersfield University.
The council is one of 10 local authorities in the region to have received the Charter for Member Development.
The charter helps councils build their elected member capacity and encourages councillors to take more control of their own learning and development.
Clr Tony Cairns, chair of Local Government Yorkshire and Humber’s Employers Committee, said: “Councils have to put in a lot of hard work to receive the charter and each council that is awarded it should be proud of their achievement.
“Kirklees’ commitment to member development has received further recognition in the MJ Achievement awards where they beat many councils from across the country to win the Councillor Development Achievement award.”