ILF Scotland has been recognised at an awards ceremony celebrating excellence in public finance across the UK.
ILF Scotland was named the winner of a Public Finance Award for 2023 in the ‘Aligning Local Services’ category.
The win acknowledged the work of ILF Scotland’s Digital and Caseworker Team in creating a Care Schedule Portal. This portal provides a secure collaboration space between ILF Scotland and local authorities to reduce the time taken to approve a change to a disabled person’s care package.
The judges said: “With a clear vision of what success looks like, the team were able to innovate and adapt to deliver clear efficiencies, and reduce waiting times for care packages from months to weeks.”
The other finalist in the category was the Children’s Leadership and Financial Management Team at Manchester City Council.
The ceremony was held at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London on 28 November.
There were 17 awards announced on the night, plus a Grand Prix winner.
ILF Scotland was also shortlisted in the ‘Excellence in Governance and Risk Management’ category. In this category, ILF Scotland was shortlisted alongside the ‘Departmental Planning and Performance Team’ at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Paul Hayllor, Director of Digital and Information Services at ILF Scotland, said: “We are a very small organisation in the wider public body landscape, so being up against the major players like the DWP is a great testament to how much a small, focused team can achieve both in terms of our thinking but also our practice.
“Winning the award for Aligning Local Services is a fantastic achievement for ILF Scotland as we have demonstrated how joined-up working, smarter thinking and easier processes can make a huge impact on those we support, as they get faster turnarounds in their awards with a more secure, time-saving process.
“It is great to be part of such a brilliant team who work well together to come up with better services for everyone.”
The annual awards are hosted by CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) and Public Finance magazine to recognise the people, products and services that demonstrate excellence and originality within the public finance and governance sector.
ILF Scotland previously won the ‘Community Engagement Project of the Year’ at the same awards in 2019, which recognised the co-production work with young disabled people in the development of the Transition Fund.
In 2018, ILF Scotland won the ‘Finance Team of the Year’ category at the Public Finance Innovation Awards. This award acknowledged the setting up of a new finance system from scratch and embracing cloud-based technology.
Harvey Tilley, Chief Operating Officer of ILF Scotland, said: “To win a third Public Finance Award demonstrates ILF Scotland’s commitment to achieving and sustaining excellence in the way we administer and govern the organisation.
“I am so proud of the team, and this award is recognition of all their hard work in providing exemplary services designed for the disabled people who we serve.” Read more about all this year’s winners.