The council has been selected as a finalist for two national awards because of a partnership that helps vulnerable adults throughout the borough.

Barnet Council joined forces with PA, a global innovation and transformation consultancy, allowing it to supply Argenti care technology, such as GPS watches and Amazon Alexa designed to help the 3,700 vulnerable adults in the borough.

The technology – sometimes called Telecare – uses sensors, mobile devices and alarms to keep someone safe and independent for longer.

The sensors can detect falls, gas leaks, flooding from overrunning baths and sinks, reminders to take medication and alerts if a front door has been left open.

The new equipment introduced under the partnership is meant to improve the prospects of people in the social care system.

Robert Turnbull, the Argenti Programme Director from PA Consulting, said: “PA is proud to be helping vulnerable people from the London Borough of Barnet to live more independent lives thanks to technology.

“We are delighted that our work has helped the borough’s social care budget go further and help more people, too.”

Meanwhile, the joint venture Re Ltd – formed out of a partnership between the council and Capita – has become a finalist in the Innovative category of the LGC Awards - Just eight other ventures nationwide have reached this stage of the awards.

Councillor Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “What matters is that we’re making a real difference to improving the lives of people in Barnet.

“As an organisation, we’re happy to work with anyone who can deliver services to the high standard that we – and our residents – expect.

“We’re delighted to be succeeding in these areas and look forward to many more successes in years to come.”

The awards ceremony at which the council and its partners will discover if they have won in the two categories will be held on March 13.