HOUSING services have been shortlisted for two awards.

Caerphilly Homes, part of Caerphilly County Borough Council, have been shortlisted for two categories in the APSE Annual Services Awards.

Caerphilly Homes were shortlisted in ‘Best Housing, Regeneration or New Build Initiative’ for its successful regeneration programme in Rowan Place, Rhymney.

Currently delivering the council’s £220 million Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) improvement programme, they are also finalists in the ‘Best service team: Construction and Building Service’ category.

Cabinet Member for Homes and Places, Cllr Lisa Phipps, said: "To be shortlisted in two categories at this year’s national APSE Services Awards is an excellent achievement and I’d like to congratulate all staff involved.

"Both entries demonstrate the council’s success in delivering its Welsh Housing Quality Standard programme and the added value it’s bringing to communities within the Caerphilly county borough."

The APSE Annual Services Awards are in their eighteenth year, run by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).

Announcing the finalists, APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said: “Once again, APSE has been blown away by the high standard of submissions for this year's Service Awards.

"Despite the serious pressures on local government funding, these finalists have proven that they can continue to provide a first-rate service to communities across the UK. These awards are a testament to their creativity and dedication."

The winners will be announced at Edinburgh's Sheraton Grand Hotel on September 13, following the APSE Annual Seminar 2018 ‘Greener, Cleaner, Smarter: Revitalising frontline services’.