Islington Councillor Janet Burgess awarded an MBE

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In addition to winning the 2014 LGIU Age UK Councillor Achievement Award, Councillor Janet Burgess has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List. Cllr Burgess has been a leading advocate for Islington’s older people throughout her time as a Councillor and particularly in her role as Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing. Some of her main achievements include establishing the Council’s first Older People’s Champions, arranging a Pensioners Christmas Lunch for 100 older people, and fighting to provide free swimming for over 60s in all Islington Council-funded leisure centres.

Janet Burgess has set an excellent example to others on issues such as ending 15-minute care visits, and most recently she took a lead in securing a contract for home carers where they are guaranteed the London living wage. Determined that care workers are recognised for their magnificent vocational dedication to frail elderly and disabled people, Janet is preparing for the annual Dignity in Care Awards ceremony on 30th January. Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, said: “Janet has been a real pioneer and set the standard for other councils in London. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this honour more.” Islington Pensioners Forum says: “Well done Janet!”

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