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May 9, 2013
Developing commercialisation strategies in local government

This blog is based on my recent article published in the MJ

Never has the need for local government service delivery teams to have a commercialisation strategy been more apparent than at present.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Commercialisation, Entrepreneurship, Local Government, APSE
March 21, 2013
Local authorities leading the response to youth unemployment

APSE's latest research shows how local authorities can take a lead in ensuring the lives of a generation of young people are not blighted by long-term unemployment.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Local government, APSE, Youth Unemployment
March 7, 2013
Green shoots of recovery?

Visited Telford and Wrekin Council today to catch up with the Managing Director Richard Partington and find out what current initiatives the Council are working on. And there was plenty to hear about and see.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Public health, Telford, APSE, regeneration
February 20, 2013
Tough times, tough measures

Local government has been facing tough times for a number of years now and yet the longer austerity rolls on, the more demand on services grows.

Housing, social care, school meals and leisure are among the many services facing up to this challenging phenomenon of more demand with less resources whilst trying to balance budgets.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: APSE, Local government, demand management
January 23, 2013
Local government and its use of social media

Great day today at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood where we held our first conference on the usage of social media in local government, #apsesm

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: apse, social media, Local government
January 14, 2013
Why would you want to be a Councillor?

Viewed with suspicion by some, belittled by others, derided by the media both locally and nationally, over worked and underpaid. For some a wider career ending move with little reward at the end, with even the possibility of a small pension set to be removed by Ministers.

Managing a significant but diminishing budget, making cuts to services the vulnerable rely on and staff redundant, it’s all in a day’s work in the current economic environment.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: APSE, Local government
December 3, 2012
Developing a commercial edge in local government services

More and more councils are emphasising the development of commercial strategies and skills in order to hold services together and give them a fighting chance in the current age of austerity.

Some commentators may view local government, innovation and entrepreneurship as unlikely bedfellows. But I see evidence all over country that a commercial culture is expanding and flourishing amongst council staff.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: APSE, Local government, Commercialisation, parks, grounds maintenance, Stockton, Wakefield, Sefton, Nottingham, Tower Hamlets, De Montfort, Lewisham
November 20, 2012
Leaner and greener: one year on

Participated in a really interesting event today on the transformation of the public sectors estate. Organised by Westminster sustainable business forum the event was a follow on from last years launch of the influential research report 'Leaner and Greener: Delivering effective estate management.' This identified that local government in England's property portfolio was worth £250billion and that £7billion could be saved in annual running costs by better space utilisation.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: APSE, leaner and greener, space utilisation
October 23, 2012
Need, opportunity and uncertainty - a mixed bag for housing

APSE's recent Housing and Building Maintenance seminar In Leeds gave me a chance to hear the views of colleagues working in this sector of local government and the issues that were vexing them, three main issues came to the fore.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Housing, APSE, Green Deal, Universal credit
October 12, 2012
What will local government look like in 2020?

This article is based on a recent column I did for the MJ magazine.

What will local government look like in 2020? My answer is that it will depend significantly on what elected members and officers want it to look like and the policy choices they make.

Whilst I accept that central government decisions will always have an impact in shaping local government, it is members and officers, in conjunction with the local public, who will decide what the political vision for an area is, what outcomes are pursued to achieve this and how this is implemented through the services the council is responsible for providing and delivering.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Local government, APSE, ensuring council

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.

           

 

          

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