Local government workers are there for us, through every stage of our lives. From birth, through our youth and adulthood, to old age. We cannot live our lives without them. But local government workers are often forgotten.

Refuse workers, trading standards officers, environmental health inspectors, youth workers, librarians, school cleaners, care assistants – and many more –  deliver vital local services. They are the glue that hold our communities together. The Local Service Champions campaign aims to raise the profile of these unsung heroes.

Watch our film and share it with your friends. Help them to understand the central role local government workers play in our lives.

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Local government has been an easy target for cuts, with central government cuts of 50% according to the National Audit Office. Yet unlike the NHS or schools, people have been less likely to defend it. It’s time to recognise, celebrate and defend local government workers – they are champions.

Want to meet the unsung heroes? Read our feature article.

Local Service Champions Awards

The Local Service Champions Awards celebrate the invaluable contribution local authority staff make to our lives. We owe our champions a huge debt. The Awards will honour some of their greatest stories.

Anyone can nominate a champion. It can be your way to say thanks. Plus, you could win £100 and they could win a holiday to Croyde Bay!

Nominate your champion

17 October celebration day

October 17 is local service champions day. Throughout the UK, council workers and members of the public will celebrate the contribution local services, and the people that deliver them, make to our lives. Make sure you get involved and celebrate!

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Our champions of champions

UNISON’s Local Service Champions awards celebrate the invaluable contribution local authority staff make to our lives

A month of perennial change

But championing and defending our members are always on UNISON’s agenda

Blog: We will always fight for local services

As the biggest local government union in the country, we will always fight for local services – and for the funding that’s needed to provide them. So it was fantastic to see so many people getting behind the heartbeat of our local communities, local government workers, on our first Local Service Champions Day yesterday. There’s […]

Are you local champs ready?

With Local Service Champions Day fast approaching on 17 October, we chatted with Diane Peacock, the branch secretary at UNISON’s City of Sunderland branch, about the exciting plans her team have in place to celebrate local government’s hidden heroe

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