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There are 48 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Local government".

21. Power in your hands

Hardly a day goes by of late without headlines about gas and electricity price hikes or political rows over energy policies.

 

Ensuring a sustainable, affordable energy supply is a priority for councils, communities and economies and can be a way of demonstrating real community leadership. As well as needing to cut costs as major energy users, positive action can help tackle fuel poverty and carbon emissions, promote local jobs and investment and ensure a secure power supply for the future. Councils up and down the country - including Stockton-on-Tees, Dudley, Reading, Portsmouth and Southampton to name but a handful – are leading impressive energy initiatives at present.

Tags: energy efficiency, renewable energy, ensuring council, Sustainability, fuel poverty, Local government, municipal energy, Entrepreneurship
22. Local Governments Time to shine

We've all had enough doom and gloom to last a professional lifetime. So, while not shying away from the huge challenges faced by all councils, we wanted this year's annual conference to look at practical solutions that are already happening in authorities across the UK.

Tags: Local government, Northern Ireland, Reorganisation
By Paul O'Brien
23. Vesting day beckons

Over in Belfast today to chair the latest meeting of the local government reform joint forum.

Despite having a few challenging issues recently the forum continues to make good progress in negotiating all things human resources related contained within the up and coming local government reorganisation of local authorities in Northern Ireland.

Tags: Reorganisation, Northern Ireland, Local government
By Paul O'Brien
24. Time for local government to invent its own future

It was great to see a real fighting spirit amongst APSE’s membership at the annual conference at St Georges Hall in Liverpool. A number of national organisations and their representatives appear to have recently become drained of spirit about local government’s future role, almost accepting that by 2020 local government will play a minimalistic part in society and the lives of local communities. That's not a view APSE shares and it was a chance to promote our 'Ensuring Council' model.

Tags: Service delivery, Ensuring, Local government
By Paul O'Brien
25. Public health: Prevention not cure the best medicine

While there are few surprises when it comes to local government’s ability to attract the blame for issues of national significance they have had very little control over, even a cynic like myself was shocked at how quickly they became the whipping boys on public health when recent life expectancy league tables were published. 

Tags: health and wellbeing boards, Public health, local government, APSE
By Paul O'Brien
26. 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.

Tags: Commercialisation, Entrepreneurship, Local Government, APSE
By Paul O'Brien
27. 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.

Tags: Local government, APSE, Youth Unemployment
By Paul O'Brien
28. 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.

Tags: APSE, Local government, demand management
By Paul O'Brien
29. 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

Tags: apse, social media, Local government
By Paul O'Brien
30. 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.

Tags: APSE, Local government
By Paul O'Brien

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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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