Headlines: October 23rd, 2003

Nominations have opened for the latest Public Servants of the Year Awards, which celebrate success across all the public services and recognise team as well as individual achievements. The awards, sponsored by CIPFA, the Cabinet Office and the Office of Government Commerce, support improvement in and aim to raise the profile of all public services.They were begun to help the exchange of innovative ideas and good practice and to remind the general public of the valuable and important work done by public sector workers each day.

Nominations, which close on November 30th, are being invited for breaking new ground, inspiring success, raising the standard, working together and the outstanding team of the year. The category ‘Nothing is impossible’ is for the turn-around manager award and there is another award for a non-executive’s contribution under the title ‘On Board’.

There is also the honour for the outstanding public servant of the year, with all entries also getting the chance to win a relevant sector award as well, covering central government, local government, housing, education, health and the uniformed services.

The Prime Minister has given his backing to the awards and the public service union, UNISON, which is sponsoring the team award, is encouraging its branches to nominate members and is circulating copies of the application booklet.

The organizers are also inviting nominations online at www.publicservants.org.uk