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LGIU Statement: 11th annual LGIU & CCLA Cllr Awards 

Nominations now open for 11th annual LGIU & CCLA Cllr Awards 

New categories for 2020 include Covid-19 Hero and Collaborative Working 

The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) and CCLA are proud to officially open nominations for the 2020 Cllr Awards. The Cllr Awards are the only national awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of individual councillors across England.

Since 2010, the LGIU and CCLA have been honouring the hard work of councillors that so often goes unrecognised. The Award categories celebrate the varied work of councillors. New categories for 2020 include Covid-19 Hero and Collaborative Working alongside the coveted Community Champion, Leader of the Year and Young Councillor of the Year awards.

Nominations are now officially open until 18 September with the shortlist due to be unveiled in the middle of October. Nominations can be made by anyone who would like to recognise a councillor doing outstanding work for their community. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges composed of senior councillors and officers as well as leading stakeholders from across the sector. This year’s ceremony will take place at the end of November. Due to the ongoing health crisis, it will be held virtually with winners announced on the night.

This year’s awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of founding partners CCLA.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGIU, said: “Now, more than ever, we need to honour the unsung heroes of local government who are working tirelessly to keep the country afloat during the pandemic.

This is why we are proud to once again open nominations for this year’s Cllr Awards. It has never been more important that we take the time to recognise the vital work of our councillors.

We want to hear from as many members of the public, councillors and local leaders as possible about the individuals who are making a real difference in your communities. We are always overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of the nominations we receive each year. However, we know that this year’s Awards will shine a light on the highest calibre of nominations yet.”



Notes to editors

About Cllr Awards

The LGIU and CCLA’s 11th annual Cllr Awards celebrate the vital work being done by councillors across England. Past winners of the Awards can be found here. Rules for the nomination, shortlisting and selection process can be found here. Follow #CllrAwards for all updates.

The categories for the 2020 Cllr Awards include:

Collaborative Working

Community Champion

Covid-19 Hero

Environment & Sustainability Pioneer

Finance & Economic Development

Innovation & Service Transformation

Leader of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

Young Councillor of the Year


About LGIU

The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) is a think tank and membership body with over 200 councils and other organisations subscribing to our networks. We work to strengthen local democracy and put citizens in control of their own lives, communities and local services. For more information, visit www.lgiu.org.


About CCLA

CCLA is a leading specialist fund manager for local authorities and charities. When they began sponsoring the Cllr Achievement Awards they had 22 local authority accounts. Today they have over 700 and this number is growing every month. They are owned by their clients – their mission is to serve the whole sector, regardless of size.