The Local Government Association has been crowned ‘trade body of the year’ at the Public Affairs News awards.
The judges cited the LGA’s lobbying efforts around raising the profile of councils with ministers and MPs, gaining extra money to fix pot holes and securing new powers over lap dancing clubs as key successes for the body.
Head of public affairs and campaigns, Emily Robinson, said: “The judges recognised that it’s been a difficult year for councils but that we have had some successful lobbying wins.”
Other winners included Open Road, which saw off Hanover and Edelman to be named ‘consultancy of the year’ and Blue Rubicon, which walked off with the new prize of ‘best use of social media in a public affairs campaign’ for the agency’s work for Facebook.
The awards ceremony was held at the Brewery in the City of London and hosted by BBC chief political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg.