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Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS)

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The Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme – which is administered by NALC – offers 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.

Councils can apply for an award at one of three levels: –

Foundation- which demonstrates a council meets the requirements for operating lawfully and according to standard practice

Quality – which demonstrates that a council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement

Quality Gold – which demonstrates that a council is at the forefront of best practice and achieves excellence in governance, community leadership and council development

To be successful local councils must demonstrate that they meet the criteria of the guidance that is in place at the date they submit their completed application form to the national accreditation panel. The Award is held for 4 years, and then councils can apply for re-accreditation. Councils can also apply for accreditation at a higher level at any time.

Currently 11 Cheshire local councils hold an award. See below for details: -

Foundation Tier
Hatherton and Walgherton: October 2021 to October 2025 (new accreditation)
Cranage: February 2018 to February 2022
Goostrey: July 2018 to July 2022
Willington: June 2018 to June 2022

Quality Tier
Alsager: November 2018 to November 2022
Goostrey: July 2021 to July 2025 (new accreditation)
Newbold Astbury: May 2018 to May 2022

Quality Gold Tier
Gawsworth: February 2018 to February 2022
Goostrey: May 2022 to May 2026 (new accreditation)
Holmes Chapel: July 2021 to July 2025 (re-accreditation)
Knutsford: August 2021 to August 2025 (re-accreditation)
Somerford: June 2021 to June 2025 (re-accreditation)
Upton by Chester: April 2019 to April 2023

For a short overview of the scheme and its benefits please follow this link

To find out more about the scheme please contact Sharon Angus-Crawshaw (

Download the latest Local Council Award Scheme Guidance

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