On 20 July more than 1,200 local authority professionals gathered at Grosvenor House, London to celebrate the very best in local government.

The LGC Awards are the biggest and best ceremony recognising the achievements of officers and politicians in local government – and last night’s ceremony was the 26th time the Local Government Chronicle event has been held.

The LGC Awards see entries from council teams across the UK judged by other councils’ senior officers, with the aim being to promote new innovation that can inspire other councils to improve their own services.

Journalist and presenter Mariella Frostrup was LGC’s presenter as winners were announced including Council of the Year, Manchester City Council.

LGC editor Sarah Calkin said: “Council staff and elected members are the backbone of this country. From caring for our vulnerable, young and old, to keeping our streets clean and supporting local economies as they recover from Covid they are the people that get stuff done."

“The LGC Awards recognises those council teams and individuals who have gone above and beyond to serve their communities and change their places for the better.

“Our winners have demonstrated passion, drive and creativity to innovate and improve in what continues to be a very challenging financial environment for local government. 

Thank you to everyone that took the time to enter, in what was a record breaking year for entries, the attendees, judges and sponsors without whose support these awards would not take place.

We look forward to receiving your entries next year.

Highlights of the LGC Awards 2021