Queen’s Birthday and New Year Honours

Anybody can submit a nomination for an Honour, however nominations made through The LGA or your council as recognised organisations with a route into MHCLG are less lengthy and tend to have a shorter turnaround time with an outcome within one Honours cycle and greater access to advice and feedback.

New Year 2022 Honours: Deadline – 10.00am Tuesday 6 April 2021

MHCLG have highlighted in a letter the deadline for New Years 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 Tuesday 6 April to be considered in the New Year 2022 Honours Round.

*An accessible version of this PDF document is available on request. Please email webmaster@local.gov.uk for more information.

If your candidate already has an Honour it can be upgraded to a higher award, however it must have been at least five years since the previous Honour was awarded and only new and different work since that date will be considered.


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.

Information needed

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.

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Telephone number (home or work)
  • Email address (home or work)
  • Date of birth
  • 500 words of text about your candidate
  • At least two letters of support.

Honours webinars

MHCLG has organised a series of webinars on the honours process that will take place over the next few months. They will cover how to:

  • identify suitable candidates
  • gather information and evidence
  • draft a citation and complete the nomination form.

There will also be a question and answer session.

Book a webinar place now

Webinars will take place on 9 February, 12 February, 16 February, 19 February, 22 February and 25 February.

These webinars will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. However, if you would prefer a bespoke workshop for your organisation, to use an alternative platform or if you have any questions about these webinars, please email Honours@communities.gov.uk

Honours nominations

We will write to you in January in the usual way to invite you to make nominations for the New Year 2022 Honours list. However, if you want to get ahead and already have candidates in mind, please complete the MHCLG New Year 2022 Honours nomination form