Four days left to nominate for the local councillor awards

By Emily Dalton

19th Sep 2023 | Local News

Previous councillors of the year award for England and Wales. (Photo: LGIU)
Previous councillors of the year award for England and Wales. (Photo: LGIU)

Do you know a councillor whose work deserves to be recognised nationally? Nominations close in just four days for the 2023 Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) and CCLA Cllr Awards.

 Established in 1983, LGIU is an independent, local authority membership organisation supporting officers and councillors across England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Australia with the unrivalled intelligence they need every day.

The Cllr Awards honour the achievements of local elected representatives who have made a real difference to their communities and their council.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU, said: "Local communities simply would not function without councillors, who make such positive contributions to our lives every single day of the year, from the vital work of maintaining the streets and funding community projects, to the appearance and feel of our towns and the care we receive."

The winners in England & Wales will be unveiled at the Guildhall in London at 7pm on 16 November 2023 and the winners in Scotland will be announced at the City Chambers in Edinburgh at 7 pm on 21 November 2023. At the ceremonies, councillors, local government staff, press, nominees and their guests will come together to showcase the best of local government. 

There are five categories for the 2023 Cllr Awards including Community ChampionLeader of the YearYoung Councillor of the YearResilience Champion and Lifetime Legend

Mr Carr-West added: "Most people won't know exactly what elected members do as they often work quietly behind the scenes, which is why Cllr Awards remain so important in 2023. We look forward to seeing an avalanche of nominations this year and hearing some of the incredible stories behind them. The awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of founding partners, CCLA."

Nominations can be made by anyone - including members of the public, councillors and council officers - who would like to recognise a councillor who has gone above and beyond in delivering results for their area and their community over the last year. 

It only takes around seven minutes to enter. Applicants must provide information about the councillor, why they deserve to win and how their project(s) have impacted the community. 

With only four days left to submit nominations - the deadline for nominations is Friday 22 September - the shortlist will be unveiled in October.

This year, LGIU is delighted to once again showcase the amazing work of councillor colleagues from outside the UK as well. The Global Local Cllr Showcase celebrates councillors from around the world whose projects, engagement and representation have had significant impact on the communities that they serve.

Find out more, as well as how to apply, here.

To mark its fifth decade supporting local government, the LGIU has also launched LGiU@40: For the Future of Local Government. By gathering evidence through cross-party roundtable discussions, interviews and workshops with senior leaders and local government experts from around the world, the LGIU will be establishing a set of new ideas about how local government could work better and how it can build firm foundations to navigate a turbulent and uncertain future. This will culminate in the publication of a White Paper and research symposium on Wednesday 6 December 2023.  


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