As part of the LGiU and CCLA C’llr awards, Age UK sponsors an award to recognise Councillors who support older people in their local community.
This year the winner was Cllr Janet Burgess from Islington council.
Janet has been a vocal advocate for Islington’s older people throughout her time as a Councillor. Her main achievements include establishing the council’s first Older People’s Champions giving older people a high profile voice within the Council, fighting to provide free swimming for over 60s in all Islington council funded leisure centres and defending the £100 council tax discount for all pensioner households who pay council tax.
Through her efforts lobbying the Mayor of London and Transport for London, she saved the 812 PlusBus – a ‘hail and ride’ service used mainly by older people to take them to the shops.
Her efforts to tackle fuel poverty, an issue that disproportionately affects Islington’s older residents, has seen Cllr Burgess co-lead a delegation of pensioners to City Hall to campaign on the issue.