Cllr Janet Burgess, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, has won the ‘Age UK Award’ at the prestigious LGiU and CCLA annual Councillor Achievement Awards.
The award recognises councillors who ‘make change happen on issues of concern to older people’. In awarding the honour, Judges said they felt that Cllr Burgess set an excellent example to others on issues such as ending 15 minute care visits. In shortlisting they also recognised her efforts to introduce the council’s first Older People’s Champions, offer free swimming for all over 60s in all Islington funded leisure centres and protect social care for people with moderate needs. Last year, Islington became the joint first local authority in the country to sign Unison’s Ethical Care Charter and commit to ending poverty pay for home care workers with new contracts that pay the London Living Wage.
Cllr Janet Burgess said: "I am really honoured to collect this award for the work we are doing in Islington to support older people. In Islington there is a high level of poverty among pensioners, so despite massive government cuts helping them both through the Council and via voluntary groups is really important."
The winners were announced last night (Tuesday 25th February) at a ceremony in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at Westminster City Hall.
It is the third year in a row that Islington’s Labour Councillors achievements have been celebrated. Last year, Cllr Catherine West collected ‘Leader of the Year’ and Cllr Joe Caluori won the Bruce-Lockhart Member Scholarship. In 2012, Cllr Andy Hull won ‘Scrutineer of the Year’ for his groundbreaking work on Islington’s Fairness Commission, the first in the country.