The New Year Honours 2021 lists have been published by the Cabinet Office, marking the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom.
The honours system continues to champion diversity at all levels and celebrates the breadth of service given by people from all backgrounds from all across the UK. Of the 1,239 people who receive an award:
803 (65%) of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity;
603 women are recognised in the List, representing 49% of the total;
14.2% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background;
6.9% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010); and
4% of recipients identified as being LGBT+.
In recognition of the crucial role that VCSE organisations play in our society, there were lots of awards for charity workers, including those heavily involved in the pandemic response and volunteers. You can read the full list of awards here.
Find out how to nominate someone for an honour here.