The winners of the annual LGiU and CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards were announced last night at an awards ceremony at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in Westminster City Hall.
Now in their fourth year, the C’llr Awards are the only national ceremony to recognise and reward the efforts of councillors from across the political spectrum.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, joined a host of councillors, council leaders and MPs at the ceremony to present two of the awards.
Mr Pickles presented the £10,000 Bruce-Lockhart Member Scholarship to Cllr Joe Caluori from Islington Council and the Judges’ Special Award for Contribution to Local Government to Cllr Paul Bettison from Bracknell Forest Council.
The following councillors scooped the remaining nine awards:
- Age UK Pride of Place Award – Cllr Sue Cooley, Manchester City Council
- CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance – Cllr Maurice Jones, Central Bedfordshire Council
- Community Champion of the Year – Cllr Jean Stretton, Oldham Council
- Leader of the Year – Cllr Catherine West, Islington Council
- Online Councillor of the Year – Cllr David Harrington, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
- Partnership Achievement of the Year Award – Cllr Philip Atkins (Staffordshire County Council), Cllr Brian Edwards (South Staffordshire Council) and Cllr Roger Lawrence (Wolverhampton City Council)
- Scrutineer of the Year – Cllr Edward Davie, Lambeth Council
- Sustainability Champion of the Year – Cllr Clare Feeney-Johnson, South Lakeland District Council
- Young Councillor of the Year – Cllr Amanda Chadderton, Cllr Sean Fielding and Cllr Arooj Shah, Oldham Council
Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Acting Chief Executive of LGiU, commented:
“All too often, we can overlook the important contributions councillors make to our communities. The awards provide a fantastic opportunity to celebrate councillors’ achievements and highlight their innovative work.”
“We are delighted that the C’llr Awards received such a spectacular number of entries this year and we were hugely impressed by the quality of the nominations. This stands as a testament to the exceptional job many councillors are doing for their community.”
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