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Councillor Lindsey Hall of Westminster City Council has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards. The award looks to recognise outstanding diplomats and politicians in the UK for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts in representing civilian matters at the highest level.

Nominated under the Policy Driver category, Cllr Hall secured Government backing for detailed investigation of suspected Housing Benefit Fraud in the W2 area of Westminster following her white paper to Government in September 2010. The paper analysed systemic failings and listed proposed legislative changes needed to prevent recurrence of fraud. Following an investigation led by the Department of Work and Pension and backed by UK Border Agency and Police, a large scale of fraud has been uncovered with cancelled claims worth several £millions.

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Director of Grassroot Diplomat said, “Grassroot diplomacy empowers the voiceless, defines a path for the hopeless, and restores faith to influencers. The Initiative Award seeks to build trust again between the ‘us and them’ and bring people of all statuses together.”

Cllr Hall is committed to engaging the grassroots in its combined efforts to combat unfairness in society and provide help to those who really need it, and for this, his efforts are being recognised here.

Over 50 high-level government officials have been nominated in 3 categories but there can only be six winners. Join Lindsey Hall and other government nominees at the Vincent Rooms, Westminster with evening performance led by Euro-Vision Song Contest artist, Imaani.

For ticket information, please visit: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/awards

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