Do you have a favourite councillor in Swindon or Wiltshire?

If so, the Local Government Information Unit would like to hear about them.

The think-tank and charity is hosting the Annual Councillor Awards, along with investment management company CCLA.

Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of LGIU, said: “From how our towns look to the home care we receive and the funding of much valued community projects, the work of councillors is felt across all of our lives on a daily basis.

“Councillors and councils are key to keeping the machinery of everyday life going, ensuring the most vulnerable in the community are looked after and making sure the places where we live and work are thriving, safe and inclusive. Much of the work done by elected members is behind the scenes, which is why we created the Councillor Awards back in 2010.

“The LGIU is proud to once again open nominations for the annual Councillor Awards to honour the commitment of our locally elected representatives. Our local democracy and our local democratic structures are stronger because of our councillors. We look forward to seeing a record number of nominations this year and getting to know the many inspiring stories behind them.”

This year’s categories are: Community Champion; Leader of the Year; Lifetime Achievement Award; Resilience and Recovery and Young Councillor of the Year.

Nominations can be made by anyone and should be submitted online at by Wednesday, September 7.