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Measure for measure: Using performance information in tough times
Measure for measure: Using performance information in tough times

Local government in the UK faces tough times. Money from central government is drastically reduced; income from council tax and other sources stagnates. Councils have to make difficult decisions about savings, service reductions, and cuts. Those decisions need supporting with good evidence about value for money, about what works, and about the likely impacts of different decisions.

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Local authority Sport and Recreation Services in England: Where next?
Local authority Sport and Recreation Services in England: Where next?

In the wake of the Coalition Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) 2010 (HM Treasury, 2010a), Emergency Budget of 2010 (HM Treasury, 2010b) and subsequent local government finance settlements (Berman and Keep, 2011; Department of Communities and Local Government, 2010), this report begins to assess the impact of the ‘cuts’ for Sport and Recreation Services (SRS), responses to the ‘cuts’ and the options for SRS moving forward.

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The Virtuous Green Circle
The Virtuous Green Circle

Creating a revolving fund for local authority solar energy

While money, unfortunately, does not grow on trees, the financial benefits of protecting the environment are increasingly apparent.

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Transition to the green economy: The vital role of the ensuring council
Transition to the green economy: The vital role of the ensuring council

While money, unfortunately, does not grow on trees, the financial benefits of protecting the environment are increasingly apparent.

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Creating the resilient local economies exploring economic footprint of public services
Creating the resilient local economies exploring economic footprint of public services

It is true to say that the Government believes that vibrant and successful local economies play a vital part in shaping the places where we live and work and that local authorities have an important role to play in ensuring the sustainability of local economies through the stewardship of their local areas.

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Towards a future for public employment
Towards a future for public employment

This is the first report in a research programme designed to examine key contemporary issues in the delivery of public services. We have been motivated to embark upon this programme of research by a sense of frustration.

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APSE Member views on the community right to challenge
APSE Member views on the community right to challenge

During late February and March 2011 APSE surveyed members using an online system. Although the Decentralisation and Localism Bill, in the context of the ‘Community Right to Challenge’, applies only to English local authorities we extended the survey to ensure opinions and experience could be gathered from across the UK. A total of 140 responses were received.

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Rapid environmental impact assessment research report
Rapid environmental impact assessment research report

This new report from the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE) provides a valuable, practical toolkit which managers and decision makers in councils throughout the UK can use to assess the impact of their public services on the environment. We commissioned it as part of the legacy of PSNet, to be an important part of the improvement process within public services.

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Think Twice: The role of elected members in commissioning
Think Twice: The role of elected members in commissioning

The recesssion means that local people need high quality public services like never before. Local economies depend on the flow of public money not drying up. Now is the time for elected members to assert their rights and duties to ensure commissioning protects high quality, democratically accountable, services.

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Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association 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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