Bucks County Council has been shortlisted for two more national awards.
The council is one of six nominated in the Best Achieving Council section, while it’s Children and Teenager Community Help (CATCH) service is one of eight in the running for the Children’s Service Award.
The competition is held by the Municipal Journal magazine and supported by the Local Government Association.
Council leader Martin Tett and chief executive Chris Williams travelled to London to give a presentation to judges as to why Bucks should win the best achieving award.
As part of their talk they took along the Paralympic torch as they explained the commitment of the councils in the county to the historic Heritage Flame lighting event at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in March.
Mr Tett said: “We told the judges the reasons why we think Bucks deserves to win this award, and we also showed them the Paralympic torch which is a fantastic symbol of the strength of community spirit in our county.
“It would be great to win this award, but just being shortlisted is an achievement in itself.”
Angela Macpherson, cabinet member for children’s services, praised the CATCH team for reaching the final.
She said: “This is another well-deserved accolade for the fantastic CATCH staff.
“They really do make a difference by keeping families together with interventions that avoid many teenagers going into care.”
The winners will be announced in June.