Honours are a great way to recognise the achievements of those who have gone above and beyond their role and made a significant impact on their community, organisation or the country.
Queen's Birthday 2022 Honours: Deadline - 10am Wednesday 1 September 2021
MHCLG have announced the deadline for the Queen’s Birthday Honours recommendations for 2022. While they can accept Honours nominations at any time, they need to have received nominations and two letters of support by Wednesday 1 September to be considered in the Birthday 2022 Honours Round. You will note that the deadline is earlier than usual for this round. This is because the honours list will be announced on the 2 June 2022 to coincide with the Platinum Jubilee.
MHCLG are especially interested in applications from:
- Those helping to build a more united and integrated country
- Those in the private and public sector ensuring we build the homes and places that our country needs
- Recognising enterprise and entrepreneurship
- Individuals who have gone well beyond the call of duty to deliver for people during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Individuals delivering exceptional local public services for communities and leading innovation and reform in local government.
Please note that names which you have previously submitted will not automatically go forward for the current Honours Round. If you would like these candidates to be reconsidered, you must resubmit their nomination using the online form. You will need to update the information you submit. Nominations on previous versions of the form will be rejected.
Tips on writing a citation
- Citations must be no more than 3000 characters (around 500 words) so keep it concise and use no more than 2-3 recent examples of achievements and their impact to focus on in the citation. Emphasise volunteer work and individual activities.
- Nominations are often unsuccessful if the work happened too long ago. Citations should refer to work and achievements within the last five years. The candidate must still be doing what they have been nominated for six months before the Honours list is announced.
- Start with a good opening sentence, straight to the point with why they are being nominated. Keep background information to a minimum and avoid flowery language.
- Evidence is key. Nominations are most successful where there are facts and figures to back up the assertions in the citation.
- Make reference to the geographical reach of the nominee’s work as this helps to determine the level of any award.
- Further information, including examples and top tips for drafting a citation are available in the Honours - Start of Process documents.
Letters of support
Letters that say how pleasant and deserving the candidate is are of little value. Ask for letters that confirm that the person is doing what they are being nominated for, confirm that the Honour would be supported by the community, include significant recent achievements and describe the impact that person has had – what wouldn’t exist without your candidate’s input?
The person you are nominating for an Honour must not be told that they are being considered as there is no guarantee of success. You can, however, consult anyone else about the nomination to obtain the required information - just explain that your conversations or correspondence are in confidence.
All nominations must include the candidates name, date of birth and home address, as we will be unable to process nominations that do not include this information. Honours are exempt under GDPR, and as such you do not need the candidate’s permission to use their personal information for this purpose.
All the decisions taken about Honours candidates are based on merit and achievement, and only the strongest candidates are selected for further consideration; but to ensure that the Honours list is fair, diverse and reflects the society we live in, MHCLG need to ensure that there are enough nominations from all areas, backgrounds and social groups. This can only be achieved if there is a wide range of top-quality candidates, nominated from a rich variety of sources. MHCLG therefore continue to stress the importance of drawing nominations from as wide a pool as possible to reflect the diversity of today’s society.
You will need to supply the following information about your candidate to nominate them for an Honour. All of these are necessary to process nominations.
- Home address
- Telephone number (home or work)
- Email address (home or work)
- Date of birth
- 500 words of text about your candidate
- Two letters of support.
MHCLG are offering training opportunities to help you get the best from the honours system.
Webinars will take place on 16 June, 18 June, 22 June, 24 June, 30 June 2 July, 5 July and 7 July.