By Lea Pachta

Civil servants from across the country were today honoured by Lord Mandelson and the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O’Donnell at the fourth annual Civil Service awards.

The awards recognise outstanding performance from Civil Servants around the UK and were presented in 12 categories ranging from an award for sustainability to an award for delivering good value for money

The winners include a team working on the widening of the M1, a Unit in the Islamabad High Commission working to bring an end to forced marriages for British citizens and a group of HMRC staff who have revolutionised PAYE processes for customers.

Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell, who presented the awards, also made a special award to JobCentre Plus in recognition of the outstanding work civil servants are doing helping thousands of people back into work every day.

Lord Mandelson, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills said:

“The Civil Service Awards are a showcase for the achievements of skilled individuals, working on the frontline, delivering world class services to the public.

“The winners remind us of the hard work Civil Servants around the country are doing every day, such as JobCentre Plus staff, dealing with the local consequences of the global recession and making sure everyone has the help they need.”

Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service said:

“These awards highlight the Civil Service’s commitment to encouraging innovation and excellence whilst providing the best public services and value for money for the public.

“All the winners are brilliant but it is a particular pleasure to present the overall team prize to JobCentre Plus. In a year when the demand on the services they provide has soared, their work has been outstanding.

“Dedicated Jobcentre Plus advisors and officials all over the country have gone above and beyond helping 5 000 people find work every day.”

The Cabinet Secretary’s award for the best individual achievement went to Lori Chiltern from the Interventions and Substance Misuse team at the Ministry of Justice, who was also a winner in the Leadership category.

Leigh Lewis, permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, said:

“I am utterly delighted that Sir Gus O’Donnell has given his own Cabinet Secretary’s Award to JobCentre Plus as a whole, in recognition of its quite remarkable achievements over the past year in supporting its customers through the recession.

“This will be seen by everyone in JobCentre Plus, and more widely in the department, as a tremendous recognition of their achievements and commitment.”

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