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York Councillor Up For Democracy Award

York Council 010513

8:53am 4th February 2014

A leading York councillor has been shortlisted for an award for her proposal to improve community engagement and democratic participation in the city.
Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, will be up against four other councillors nationally for the £10,000 Bruce-Lockhart bursary, named after the former Local Government Association Chairman.
The award recognises leadership potential and is awarded based on evidence of making an impact locally or nationally within the fields of policy or practice.  Coun. Cunningham-Cross explained her scholarship proposal, a requirement of the winning nominee:
“I’m delighted to be short-listed for this scholarship and if successful, hope to use it to help us drive forward our work on improving engagement with residents and communities across York, as well as providing a model for other communities to follow.
“The scholarship will be awarded for a project that aims to strengthen the case for localism, and my project does this by making the case for decisions to be made by local communities working together to achieve common goals”.
The council’s Community Conversation meetings will form part of Coun. Cunningham-Cross’s evidence in bringing forward a final proposal that promotes the case for localism and government at the local level.
The Local Government (LgiU) Awards take place on 25th February where winners in a range of categories will be announced.
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