Councillor Lord Peter Smith of Wigan Council has won the 2019 Cllr Achievement Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The Cllr Awards, ran by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and CCLA, are the only national awards ceremony to honour the work of councillors and winners were unveiled yesterday at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in Westminster.
Lord Smith was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award due to his commitment and determination for seeing improvement in Wigan Borough and helping to transform it into a modern borough.
His leadership over many years on the regional stage through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority was key to delivering the devolution deal that saw Greater Manchester take control of powers and budgets from Whitehall in 2014.
Lord Smith is one of the driving forces behind the Wigan Deal and the creation of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, a pivotal moment for devolution in local government.
After decades committed to local government, he has achieved great things for Wigan including the Believe in Leigh fund, and successfully attracted large-scale cultural and sporting events to the town.
This year marks the tenth year that the Awards have been showcasing the achievements of councillors across England and Wales. Competition was extremely tight again this year with nearly 250 nominations received, a record amount for the Awards. The winners were selected by a group of judges made up of local government experts and councillors.
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU said: “We are incredibly proud to unveil this year’s Cllr Achievement Award winners, a group of councillors who truly showcase the best of local government.
“As we mark the 10th Anniversary of the Awards, we reflect on the incredible contributions that this year’s winners have made but also the efforts of the hundreds of councillors we have showcased for their achievements in the past.
“These councillors deliver in increasingly challenging and hostile times alongside severe budget constraints. And, despite all of that and more, their determination and resolve has left their communities safer, stronger and healthier, thanks to their efforts. Their work often goes unrecognised and that is why it is so important that we honour them this evening.
“I would like to extend my most sincere congratulations to Lord Smith and thank him for his commitment to local government. We look forward to hearing more about his continued accomplishments in the future.”