Sefton Council has received special recognition over how it delivers its housing options and homelessness service.
The local authority is the first on Merseyside to receive an award from the National Practitioner Support Service (NPSS).
The NPSS is a support service set up to support local authorities to deliver improved housing option services across the country.
The NPSS award has 3 levels – gold, silver and bronze – and Sefton Council has recently been awarded the bronze standard with plans in place to achieve gold in the future.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said: “This is excellent news as we are the only council on Merseyside to have been awarded a standard.
“The award reflects our commitment to providing an excellent service to some of our most vulnerable residents as well as partnership working with our many service providers.
“We now have plans in place to progress to silver and then gold over the next 2 years as a commitment to continuous service review, development and improvement.”