Frequently asked questions

Below you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Cllr Awards. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

What are the Cllr Awards?

The LGIU & CCLA Cllr Awards are an annual event that recognizes the outstanding work and achievements of councillors in England, Scotland, and Wales. We’ve been running Cllr Awards for 15 years in order to celebrate the hard work and dedication of councillors who have made significant contributions to their communities and to showcase best practice in local government. There are several categories for the awards, including Community Champion, Lifetime Legend, and Leader of the Year. The winners are selected by a panel of independent judges who are experts in local government. The awards ceremony is a major event in the local government calendar and attracts a wide range of attendees, including councillors, officers, and stakeholders from across the sector.

Who is eligible to be nominated for a Cllr Award?

Any elected councillor in England, Wales, and Scotland is eligible for nomination. The only kind of nominations we don’t accept are self-nominations or for councillors working outside of the United Kingdom. View the full rules.

Board members of the LGIU are eligible for nomination as an impartial judging panel selects the winners. Meet the judges.

What should I write about in my nomination and how long will it take to nominate?

It just takes 8 minutes to submit a nomination.

We ask for 3 things in each nomination:

1) The councillor’s background

2) Why they deserve to win

3) Their project(s) that they have impacted the community

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What does a good nomination look like?

The information provided in the nomination is the only information that will be used during the judging process, so be sure to include everything we’ll need to understand the councillor’s impact in the nomination.

Winning nominations will provide thorough answers (at least a few sentences) for each question asked and avoid answering “see above” for any of the three parts.

We kindly request that nominations are not copied and pasted or written by someone else but that they are the original thoughts and experiences of the nominator.

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Will nominees know the content of their nomination?

We automatically ask nominated councillors to verify the accuracy of their nomination when nominations are submitted. They also have the opportunity to withdraw the nomination.

When do nominations close?

Nominations close at midnight on Friday the 13th of September. Ready to nominate? Submit yours now!

How are the winners selected?

The winners are selected by the judging panel based on their contributions to their communities as conveyed by their nomination. The judging panel is made up of independent, impartial experts in local government, including former councillors, senior officers, and academics.

When will the shortlist be announced?

The shortlist will be announced in late 2024. Finalists will be notified directly, as well as any councillors who were nominated but who aren’t selected as finalists this year.

What is the cost of attendance at the Cllr Awards ceremonies?

Attendance is free of charge, thanks to our founding partners, CCLA. We will release ceremony details soon and encourage all finalists to bring guests with them on the evening.

What should I wear to the awards ceremony?

The dress code for the awards ceremony is smart/business casual.

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