Headlines: September 4th, 2000

The Charted Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, with the backing of the Cabinet Office, has launched a Public Servant of the Year Awards initiative. The awards will be open to all public servants at any level.The awards seek to reward the outstanding individuals who have made a special contribution or a significant achievement during the year ending in October 2000. The awards are arranged in two groupings of cross sector and sector specific. The cross sector awards are for innovation, leadership, technology, the front-line worker, the turn-round manager and social inclusion. The sector impact awards seek to reward front line workers in the sectoral areas of Central Government, Local Government, Health, Education and Housing.

The Outstanding Public Servant of the Year Award will be made to the person who is judged to be the best of all entries in all categories.

A national award ceremony will be held in London in May 2001. The inaugural awards ceremony is supporting Action for Children and a presentation will be made to the charity at the event. In addition each winner will be invited to nominate a charity to receive a donation.

Nominations can be made on line at www.cipfa.org.uk.