COUNCILLORS who are “making a real difference” in communities can now be nominated for an award.

The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) and CCLA have opened nominations for the 2020 Cllr Awards, the third annual ceremony to “celebrate the achievements of individual councillors across Scotland”.

New categories for 2020 include Covid-19 Hero and Collaborative Working while other awards include Champion for Education, Leader of the Year and New Councillor of the Year.

Nominations can be submitted until September 18 and the final shortlists will be revealed in October.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGIU Scotland, 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.”

He added: “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.”

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges made up of senior councillors and officers as well as stakeholders from across the sector.

A virtual awards ceremony will be held at the end of November, with the winners announced on the night.

The awards are supported by CCLA, a specialist fund manager for local authorities and charities.

The LGIU Scotland is a policy information service dedicated to local government in Scotland.

Nominations can be made online at