Public service celebrated

#OurDay trended on Twitter at number two in the UK for the majority of the day (behind International Men’s Day) and trended 13th worldwide, reaching more than 22.4 million people on Twitter alone.

Councils once again went above and beyond for #OurDay, showcasing their achievements and stories from the past year.

Northumberland County Council shared residents Ollie and Michelle’s story about how registrars Anthony and Lyn helped them overcome extreme weather to conduct their winter wedding and give them the day of their dreams.

Calderdale Council gave us a magical mystery tour of its council offices with help from a friendly member of staff. Meanwhile, Breckland Council’s Maxine O’Mahony and Broadland District Council’s Hannah Ralph gave the #OurDay ’10-second challenge’ a go – trying to explain what local government meant to them in under 10 seconds (#Boom).

Councils are the backbone of their local communities, providing efficient, effective and consistent services on a daily basis. #OurDay is the one day in the year when we all get to say thank you to those who keep our communities running.

Cllr Peter Fleming, Chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said: “Council officers are often the unsung heroes ensuring that residents have the best advice and access to all services provided by a council.

“Local councils are best placed to deliver the services their communities depend on and #OurDay is a chance to reflect on 24 hours in the life of a council.”

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