About Cllr Awards

The Cllr Awards are the only awards showcasing the important work of councillors across England and Scotland. Each year, we are proud to bring together the best and brightest councillors as we celebrate and honour the vital contributions they make throughout our communities. So often, their work goes unrecognised. Now, more than ever, we need to honour these unsung heroes of local government who are working tirelessly to keep the country afloat during the pandemic.

There are several Cllr Award categories celebrating the varied work of councillors including new categories for 2020, Collaborative Working and Covid-19 Hero.

Nominations are open from July through to September. Anyone can nominate a serving councillor for an award: members of the public, councillors and council officers. The shortlist is announced in October and the judging panel convenes before the ceremony in November. The winners will be announced on the night of the Awards by LGiU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West along with special speakers and guests.

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the 2020 Cllr Awards will be held virtually. The virtual ceremonies will take place in late November and winners will be announced on the night.

Nominations are now open!

England

This year, we will celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Cllr Awards in England. Since 2010, we have recognised the hard work and dedication of over 2,000 councillors across England. Previous winners include Lord Peter Smith, Marion Brighton OBE, Darren Rodwell, Peter Fleming OBE and Sharon Taylor and Gordon Nicholson OBE.

For 2020, there are 9 categories for the Cllr Awards in England, including two new categories for collaborative working and community leadership during the coronavirus health crisis.

For a full list of rules, please click here. We strongly recommend reading these before submitting any nominations.

Nominate a Cllr today!

This year’s Awards are only possible thanks to the generous support of our founding partners CCLA, who are working with us for the 11th year in a row.

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

Scotland

There are over 1,200 councillors across Scotland working hard to represent and support their communities. Since 2018, LGIU Scotland has been recognising and rewarding those councillors who go the extra mile for their constituents. Previous winners of the Awards include Cllr Elena Whitham (East Ayrshire Council),  Cllr Shona Haslam (Scottish Borders Council), Cllr Joe Fagan (South Lanarkshire Council) and Cllr John Alexander (Dundee City Council).

For 2020, there are 10 categories for the Cllr Awards in Scotland, including two new categories for collaborative working and community leadership during the coronavirus health crisis.

  • Champion for Education
  • Collaborative Working
  • Covid-19 Hero
  • Environmental Impact
  • Innovation and Digital
  • Leader of the Year
  • Lifetime Contribution
  • New Councillor of the Year
  • Rural Community Champion
  • Urban Community Champion

For a full list of rules, please click here. We strongly recommend reading these before submitting any nominations.

Nominate a Cllr today!

Useful information

Judging

The winner in each category will be chosen by our esteemed judging panel, comprised of senior councillors and officers as well as leading stakeholders from across the sector. Winners will be announced at the virtual Awards ceremonies in November.

Rules

Please note you can enter the same councillor into as many categories as you like (as long as they meet the criteria for that award), but you can only nominate the same councillor once per category. For a full list of rules, please click here. We strongly recommend reading these before submitting any nominations.

Previous winners

The full list of Cllr Awards winners since they began in 2010.

The Wigan Deal story – Blog from 2019 Lifetime Achievement winner Lord Peter Smith.

In Conversation with… John Alexander, Leader of Dundee Council – Kim Fellows talks to Cllr John Alexander of Dundee Council, winner of Scotland’s 2019 Leader of the Year award.

Domestic violence: 16 days of activism – Ingrid Koehler talks to Cllr Janet Gardner of London Borough of Hillingdon, winner of England 2019 Innovation & Service Transformation award.

LGIU Fortnightly Special: Winners of LGIU & CCLA Cllr Achievement Awards 2019 – Hear from the winners of the 2019 English Awards.

Previous ceremonies

2019 Cllr Awards (England)

2019 Cllr Awards (Scotland)