Out of hundreds of entries to the local government MJ Awards, Stevenage Borough Council reached the shortlist for its Oaks Cross development, and received 'highly commended' for the Best Social Housing category.

The Oaks Cross development consists of one-bedroom homes which provide vulnerable residents with a lifeline, as well as a wrap-around support package to assist residents in becoming self-sufficient while avoiding homelessness.


Councillor Richard Henry, leader of the council, said: "It was a real privilege to be shortlisted and great to see the fantastic work that is going on in all councils, especially given the tough financial challenges public sector organisations are facing.

"The competition was tough, but awards such as these celebrate the fantastic work and the brilliant people we have in the public sector.

"It was a great feeling to know that, as a team, Stevenage is up there with the best councils, and we do have lots of projects to shout about, as well as a team of people that really do go the extra mile."