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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 accreditation panel. The Award is held for 4 years.

Currently 13 Cheshire local councils hold an award. See below for details.

Foundation Tier
Cranage: February 2018 to February 2022
Goostrey: July 2018 to July 2022
Newbold Astbury: May 2018 to May 2022
Sandbach: May 2016 to May 2020
Willington: June 2018 to June 2022

Quality Tier
Alsager: November 2028 to November 2022
Threapwood: March 2017 to March 2021
Tilston: September 2017 to September 2021

Quality Gold Tier
Gawsworth: February 2018 to February 2022
Holmes Chapel: May 2016 to May 2020
Knutsford: June 2016 to June 2020
Somerford: August 2016 to August 2020
Upton by Chester: April 2019 to April 2023

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

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

Download the Local Council Award Scheme Guidance

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