NALC's Star Council Awards (Sponsored by Clear Councils Insurance) are the only awards in England that recognise local (parish and town) councils' contributions to their communities. The long-running awards celebrate local councils, councillors, young councillors, county associations and clerks' positive impact on their communities. The winners will be announced at a parliamentary reception in the House of Lords on 25 February 2025.

These awards are only for parish and town councils, councillors, clerks and county associations.



Before you start:

  • Make sure you are nominating someone for the correct category.
  • Ensure your nominee fits the category criteria.

When completing the form:

  • Start early and review your submission multiple times. A good approach is to write the submission paragraph elsewhere first so that you can edit it, only copying the final version into the form.
  • Evidence is key. Judges will examine how the nominee fits the category criteria and reward those who have demonstrably gone above and beyond for their communities.   
  • Ensure the evidence is detailed – examples must be pertinent to the criteria and provide detailed context.  
  • Remember that the judges are not familiar with your nominee's work. When referring to specific projects or work undertaken, keep that in mind. 
  • Use plain language. The submission is short, so make sure you are clear and direct.
  • Use multiple examples throughout the form, highlighting the daily breadth of work your nominee undertakes.  

Before you submit:

  • Make sure you've answered every question on the nomination form.
  • Make sure your submission is within the word limit. Review your answers, ensuring you've supplied enough detail.
  • Get someone else to proofread your answers.  

If you have further questions or require guidance, please contact NALC at .



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