From a high-quality field at the 2018 Young Local Authority of the Year at Lancaster, London Borough of Redbridge emerged as the winners for a brilliant trio of presentations, each of which won high praise from the adjudicators. Miranda Black and Sarah Tranter were complimented for the 'polish and flair' of their Argument paper on Britain's 'broken democracy.' They were also commended for a 'quirky, touching and inspiring' Pride of Place presentation on a charismatic local leader, and for an 'evocative, passionate and powerful' On The Spot on women's rights. Chelmsford City Council, Elliot Boakes and Nadia McLeod, were runners-up for a paper on the hidden homeless, which the adjudicators praised for its 'humanitarian instincts and crisp writing.' Highly Commended in third place, East Staffordshire Borough Council's Jessica Fry and Shelby Richardson delivered a 'powerful, sometimes chilling indictment' of social media companies for their failure to control the terrorist material that is allowed to breed on their sites. Three teams were Commended: Kent County Council, Jessica Brittle and Katherine Windsor, for 'an unusually insightful, sophisticated discussion' of the preconceptions around the supposed North v South divide; London Borough of Southwark, Ben Cheytan and Alexey Underwood, for their superlative teamwork throughout the competition; and Waverley Borough Council, Henry Ascoli and Killian Rosato-Dooey, who produced a 'thoughtful, well-written' paper exposing the illusion that there is a quick fix to the negative perceptions of mental illness. Thirty-eight teams from local authorities all over the country took part in this year's competition. The adjudicators noted that their presentations were 'rich in themes, rich in idealism, and rich in ideas.' Click here for photos.
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