Who is the best councillor in your area?

The Cllr Awards are the only national awards ceremony to celebrate the vital work of individual councillors across England, Wales and Scotland.

Annually, we call for nominations for those councillors who have stepped up to the plate during extraordinary circumstances to deliver for their communities. The Cllr Awards ceremony showcases the achievements of councillors that so often goes unrecognised. Previous winners of the prestigious awards include Cllr Darren Rodwell (Barking & Dagenham), Cllr Michelle Lowe (Sevenoaks), Cllr John Alexander (Dundee) and Cllr Shona Haslam (Scottish Borders).

This year, we are introducing a new Resilience and Recovery category. And, due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 ceremonies will take place as a hybrid event with link ups to our venues in central London and Glasgow.

LGIU and CCLA have been partnering on the Cllr Awards in England since 2010, and in Scotland, since 2018.

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Cllr Awards and will close at midnight on Friday, 24 September.

Nominate a councillor today!




Download a hard copy of the nomination form for the English, Welsh and Scottish Awards here. This should only be used if you are unable to access the online form.

This year’s Awards are only possible thanks to the generous support of our founding partners CCLA.

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.


Award categories

Champion for Education

Community Champion

Leader of the Year

Lifetime Contribution

New Councillor of the Year

Resilience and Recovery

Visit our rules and category guidelines before submitting a nomination.

These categories provide a guideline for nominations and may be subject to change depending on the variety and number of nominations we receive.

New global award for 2021

We believe that solutions can be found by sharing problems, inspiration from best practice can lead to local innovation, and celebrating successes from elsewhere can keep us motivated in our own communities.

This year, we are delighted to introduce a new award category that is open to elected local government representatives from across the world and that recognises local solutions to global problems.

Global Local Community Champion

At LGIU, our work focuses on sharing innovation and information that supports sustainable, successful communities around the globe to drive inspiration and implementation. That is why we’re asking our readers to nominate councillors or elected representatives to local government from outside of Great Britain for our inaugural Global Local Community Champion Award.

The Global Local Community Champion will be an elected member who has used community involvement to ensure that their council makes the right decisions for their citizens.

The winner of this award will be showcased at the Cllr Awards ceremonies taking place in the autumn.

Visit our category guidelines before submitting a nomination.

Nominate a councillor for the Global Local Community Champion Award.


Shortlisting will take place in the autumn. The winner in each category will then be chosen by our judging panel, comprised of senior councillors and officers as well as leading stakeholders from across the sector.

The winners will be announced at hybrid ceremonies taking place on Wednesday, 24 November (Scotland) and Wednesday, 1 December (England & Wales).

A link to watch the Awards will be circulated shortly before the ceremony – sign up here to receive updates regarding the Cllr Awards ceremony.


Please note you can enter the same councillor into as many categories as you like (so long as they meet the criteria for that award), but you can only nominate the same councillor once per category. Nominations for parish/town councillors will NOT be accepted. For a full list of rules, please click here. We strongly recommend reading these before submitting any nominations.

Previous winners – full list

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’s 2019 Innovation and 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

2020 Cllr Awards – rewatch the English virtual ceremony and the Scottish virtual ceremony on LGIU’s YouTube channel.

2019 Cllr Awards (England)

2019 Cllr Awards (Scotland)