Headlines: May 23rd, 2008

A city council’s directory of services has won a second national award. The directory produced by Nottingham City Council to help people access services was described by competition judges as setting a new standard for local government A to Zs.

The Directory took the Gold Award in the A to Z category of the Local Government Association and LGcommunication Reputation awards. Last year it was judged to be the best A to Z in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Local Government Group’s national Excellence in Communications awards.

The Nottingham directory is delivered with the Council’s monthly magazine ‘The Arrow’ so it goes directly to almost 118,000 households. It lists full contact details to help residents access to more than 250 council services. The City Council says there is evidence that A-Z directories are widely regarded as essential publications that are well used and well liked.

The Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council, Graham Chapman, said, “By producing the directory and making sure every household in the city receives a copy through their door, we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for residents to get the information they need about services. We’re proud that it has been judged to be the best nationally in two separate awards.”