Workers in local authorities across the UK have been recognised for their response to the pandemic in the 2021 New Year Honours list.

Professor Graeme Betts, director of adult social care at Birmingham City Council, was awarded a CBE for services to adult social care, while David Charles Pearson, the lately director of adult social care at Nottinghamshire Council, was awarded a knighthood.

Pat Richie, chief executive of Newcastle City Council, was awarded a CBE for her services to local government and public service reform.

Ms Ritchie said:

“The important work of councils has never been in sharper focus than it is today, continuing to deliver services and supporting our residents and businesses through the coronavirus pandemic.”

Public sector workers, including local government workers, make up 14.8% of the total list of honours.

Prime minister Boris Johnson said:

“In a year when so many have made sacrifices to protect our NHS and save people’s lives, the outstanding efforts of those receiving honours today are a welcome reminder of the strength of human spirit, and of what can be achieved through courage and compassion.

“The 2021 New Year Honours offer us an opportunity to salute their dedication and recognise many who have gone above and beyond in their contribution to our country.”