LOCAL councillors have been shortlisted for top awards as they make vital contributions to their communities.

Government body Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) and investments manager Churches, Charities and Local Authorities (CCLA) announced the nominations.

Eva Murray of Garscadden/Scotstounhill has been placed in the Covid-19 Hero section for the 2020 Cllr Awards, while Drumchapel/Anniesland Councillor Elspeth Kerr has been nominated in the Covid-19 Hero category.

Paul Carey, also of Drumchapel/Anniesland, is in the Lifetime Contribution section

The news comes off the back of Cllr Carey’s nomination in the Queen’s Honours List 2020 last week, becoming a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire.

And this year’s 2020 Cllr Awards is the only national ceremony to celebrate the contributions of councillors across the country, especially in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of LGIU Scotland, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented this country with a set of challenges that few could have predicted.

“However, councillors up and down the country have risen to these challenges and stepped up to plate for their communities.

“From delivering food parcels to vulnerable residents and sourcing PPE for frontline workers to finding temporary accommodation for the homeless, local government has kept the country safe and moving.

“It is for this reason that we are particularly proud to unveil the shortlist for this year’s Cllr Awards.

“Their achievements showcase the best of local government at a time when the country faces one of the greatest hardships of our lifetime.

“We would like to congratulate all of those councillors shortlisted and look forward to revealing the winners on November 24.”

The winners will be decided by a panel of judges composed of senior councillors and officers as well as leading stakeholders from across the sector.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s ceremony will take place virtually on November 24 with special speakers and guests.