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Stevenage Borough Council is proud to announce that Cllrs Rob Broom, John Gardner and Jeannette Thomas of Stevenage Borough Council have been shortlisted for 2020 LGIU and CCLA Cllr Awards.

The awards are the only national platform to celebrate the vital contributions of our councillors and this year marks the 11th occasion of showcasing their achievements across England. So often, their hard work goes unrecognised. These awards are a uniquely important way to highlight what local councillors do for their communities, especially in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cllr Broom has been nominated and shortlisted as a finalist in the Community Champion category; Cllr Jeannette Thomas in the Innovation and Service Transformation category and Cllr John Gardner in Environment and Sustainability Pioneer.

The councillors have been shortlisted from over 200 nominations received across the nine categories that celebrate the varied work of councillors up and down the country. Some of the awards up for grabs include Covid-19 Hero and Collaborative Working (new for 2020) alongside the coveted Community Champion, Leader of the Year and Young Councillor of the Year awards.

Cllr Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, commented: “I am so proud and pleased that the work of our fantastic councillors has been recognised in these national awards. Reward for their tireless efforts on behalf of their communities is long overdue. I wish them the best of luck with the final judging.”

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. Due to the ongoing health crisis, this year’s ceremony will take place virtually on Thursday 26 November with special speakers and guests.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of the LGIU said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented this country with a set of challenges that few could have predicted. However, councillors up and down the country have risen to these challenges and stepped up to plate for their communities. From delivering food parcels to vulnerable residents and sourcing PPE for frontline workers to finding temporary accommodation for the homeless, local government has kept the country safe and moving.

“It is for this reason that we are particularly proud to unveil the shortlist for this year’s Cllr Awards. Their achievements showcase the best of local government at a time when the country faces one of the greatest hardships of our lifetime. We would like to congratulate all of those councillors shortlisted and look forward to revealing the winners on the 26 of November.”

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