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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR COUNCIL WORKER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2007 – BY CHANNEL FOUR NEWS’ JON SNOW

23 January 2007 - Nominations for the Local Government Association/Local Government Channel Council Worker of the Year Awards are open. Backed by the Daily Mirror’s Kevin Maguire and Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow, they will build on the success of the 2006 awards with every local authority in the UK invited to nominate front line staff by the 2nd March 2007.

Local authorities in the UK can nominate one worker for each category, with voting being decided by the public. The winners will be announced at the Council Worker of the Year Awards’ Gala Dinner which will be held at the Local Government Annual Conference on 5th July 2007.

Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor of the Daily Mirror said: "All too often the vital role played by staff in the public services in local communities is neglected or ignored completely. The Council Worker of the Year Awards help raise awareness in the public and in the media of the varied and important jobs performed daily, without fanfare, by tens of thousands of workers. I'm delighted to commend these awards and to congratulate those whose efforts to serve the public will be deservedly recognised.”

Jon Snow, Channel 4 News Presenter said: ““These awards celebrate the unsung heroes of local government who have done so much to improve and bolster local services.”

Categories:

Innovation The Council Worker whose project changed somebody’s life

Initiative The Council Worker whose ideas and dedication helped turn a neighbourhood around

Carer The Council Worker whose care has helped change somebody’s future

Leadership The Council Worker who has provided good leadership in a community project

Length of Service The Council Worker who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help local people, during their service

Inclusion The Council Worker whose work has helped engaged all residents in community decisions

Winner of the Local Government Employee of the Year Award, 2006 Julie Blagden of Salford City Council said: "Winning the Local Government Employee Of the Year Award 2006 meant so much to me. The support of my colleagues, the people of Salford and the general public was truly overwhelming. Although a personal honour, it also helped to raise the profile of Salford City Council and the excellent work it is doing in its communities. I urge all local authorities to nominate a front line worker for this award in 2007."

Councillor John Merry, leader of Salford City Council commented, "Our success in the 2006 Awards has boosted confidence and pride at all levels because it illustrated how everyone in our authority can make a difference to the lives of people in Salford."

Lord Bruce Lockhart, chairman of the Local Government Association said: “These awards celebrate have made a positive impact on their community in a myriad of different ways. Last year our shortlist of candidates ranged from a Community Neighbourhood Manager to a Cemetries Registrar.”

The closing date for nominations is Friday 2nd March 2007 at 5pm. The judging panel chaired by Lord Bruce Lockhart and LGA Board Members will meet in March and the shortlists in all categories will be announced in April 2007.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

For further information, please visit www.thelocalgovernmentchannel.com or www.lga.gov.uk where you can download a toolkit telling you how to nominate a member of staff.

For further enquiries please contact the Council Worker of the Year Awards Team on:
Tel: 0207 612 1830 or Email: employeeaward@hblmedia.com