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About the campaign

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 enhance all of our lives. They deliver vital local services. Yet local government has been an easy target for budget cuts, because people have been less likely to defend it, than more recognisable services like the NHS or schools.

It’s time to recognise, celebrate and defend local government workers – they are champions. Share the film, support the celebration day and champion local government services.

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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Here’s the full guide to 17 October


Come rain or shine, UNISON’s on the case

July might have meant the start of the summer holidays proper, but UNISON and our members are still on the case

Tahir’s youth mission

Peterborough youth worker is a Local Service Champion and has been honoured by the Queen

Local Service Champions – making our communities safer

We don’t always see what council workers do in our communities, but they’re there, making our lives better

‘Your days are numbered,’ Dave Prentis tells Tories in Durham speech

‘There is an alternative‘ says general secretary as he lambasts austerity and calls for properly funded public services

Local government services aren’t optional, but the bedrock of a caring society

Dave Prentis addressing the Local Government Association annual conference in Bournemouth today (Thursday)