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Strong public support for housing safety inspections to be in the hands of local councils
Strong public support for housing safety inspections to be in the hands of local councils

A new poll by APSE and Survation shows that the public are almost three times more likely to support local councils being responsible for local Buildings Inspections work rather than private inspectors

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Accountability and scrutiny: The issues for local government in a changing political environment
Accountability and scrutiny: The issues for local government in a changing political environment

This report by APSE and the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) examines the role of good governance and scrutiny, highlighting how this is critical to the local government decision-making process.

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Governing in and against austerity: International lessons from eight cities
Governing in and against austerity: International lessons from eight cities

This international research study conducted as a collaborative approach led by De Montfort University explores responses to austerity in leading European Cities analysing responses and the impact of austerity policies at a municipal level.

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The impact of devolution upon frontline services
The impact of devolution upon frontline services

Research by APSE and CLES explores the impact that devolution in England is having upon the provision and delivery of frontline services in local government.

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Doing local politics in Scotland: Councillors, officers and communities
Doing local politics in Scotland: Councillors, officers and communities

This new research for APSE Scotland focuses on the three worlds of local politics – that of the citizen, the council officer, and the councillor – and is interested in exploring what it takes to do politics in each of these worlds. Each entail different kinds of political work, which is undertaken on different terms and conditions. However, it is clear that these worlds only make sense in relation to one another.

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Bricks – Mortar – Money
Bricks – Mortar – Money

The latest report from APSE and CIPFA explores the impact of property investment as a potential means of securing an additional and sustainable source of revenue for local authorities.

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Building homes, creating communities: Ensuring councils provide innovative solutions to meeting housing need
Building homes, creating communities: Ensuring councils provide innovative solutions to meeting housing need

The latest research from APSE and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) reveals a desperate housing crisis, with councils warning of ‘severe’ need for affordable housing.

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Redefining Neighbourhoods: Beyond austerity?
Redefining Neighbourhoods: Beyond austerity?

This report, by APSE and the New Policy Institute (NPI) explores the impact of austerity on neighbourhood services, and warns of the consequences of this continuing downward trajectory in funding which risks falling to a 60-year low.

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Neighbourhood Services: The public want more of their taxes spent in local areas
Neighbourhood Services: The public want more of their taxes spent in local areas

Collaborative research by APSE and Survation shows that the majority of the public would prefer the Government to invest in local areas.

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Work it out: Creating local systems of employability support
Work it out: Creating local systems of employability support

This collaborative research between APSE and New Local government Network (NLGN) looks at the role that local government can play to support employability in their local areas.

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Working at the frontline of austerity: The Ensuring Council and Workforce Planning
Working at the frontline of austerity: The Ensuring Council and Workforce Planning

This report argues that effective workforce planning can help to future-proof public service delivery by opening up a collective dialogue about the future shape and scope of public service, and the role of local employees and communities.

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Homes for All!
Homes for All!

A new report on housing need in the UK published by APSE and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) calls for urgent Government action to deliver the homes needed in the UK.  The report finds that despite ambitions to build one million homes by 2020, current housing policy is in disarray and much more needs to be done to deliver the desperately needed new homes.

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Sustainable local government finance and liveable local areas: Can we survive to 2020?
Sustainable local government finance and liveable local areas: Can we survive to 2020?

By 2020, the combined current and capital spending by UK local government will be lower than at any time since before 1948, finds new research from APSE and NPI.‘Sustainable local government finance and liveable local areas: Can we survive to 2020?’ reveals that many of the things which local authorities in the UK have taken for granted for decades will be gone by 2020.

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APSE Scotland Solar PV Toolkit
APSE Scotland Solar PV Toolkit

This Toolkit comes out in testing times for the green agenda and the renewables industry across the United Kingdom. Whilst there would appear to be difficulties as a result of national policy direction and the financial circumstances of local authorities, a longer-term perspective would suggest that now is the time for local government to expand its solar aspirations and this document seeks to help local authorities in Scotland to make good strategic and operational decisions that will serve them well in the future.

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The final piece of the jigsaw: Elected members, everyday politics and local democracy in Scotland
The final piece of the jigsaw: Elected members, everyday politics and local democracy in Scotland

APSE’s latest piece of research, commissioned by APSE Scotland and produced by a collaborative team from Edinburgh University, Leeds Beckett University and De Montfort University, engages with ongoing debates over the future of elected members and local democracy in Scotland.

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Park Life, Street Life: Managing demand in the public realm
Park Life, Street Life: Managing demand in the public realm

New research from two leading local government think tanks has found that whilst 93% of local councils are reporting cuts to street scene and public realm budgets there is still and urgent need for councils to adopt different approaches to cope with the budget cuts.

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Municipal Energy: Ensuring councils plan, manage and deliver on local energy
Municipal Energy: Ensuring councils plan, manage and deliver on local energy

After a gap of many decades, local authorities are getting involved in the generation and provision of energy. Councils across the UK are embracing renewable energy schemes with positive outcomes for local residents, businesses and for their own budgets. Not only are local energy schemes having a positive impact on energy pricing, helping to address fuel poverty, but they are also tackling local economic issues. This research shows that there is a renaissance in local energy.

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Waste: A brave new world
Waste: A brave new world

With significant pressures facing local government waste services, and 79% of APSE members reporting a further squeeze on waste and recycling budgets, a timely new research publication has been released. ‘Waste: A brave new world’ explores the pressures on budgets and looks across the UK at how local authorities are responding to new and existing pressures on waste and recycling services.

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Ensuring action on health and wellbeing
Ensuring action on health and wellbeing

APSE latest research publication ‘Ensuring action on health and wellbeing’ explores the national framework for public health in England, the responsibilities of local authorities and the requirement to gather local health intelligence to guide commissioning decisions. The report also examines the opportunities that exist for catering and sport and leisure services to contribute to health and well-being within this new framework. It focuses in particular on the potential for interventions  by front-line services in tackling obesity and promoting physical activity.

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Housing the Nation: Ensuring Councils can deliver more and better homes
Housing the Nation: Ensuring Councils can deliver more and better homes

APSE and the TCPA have called for a radical new approach to renew the quality and availability of social housing in the UK. Following publication of a joint research report ‘Housing the Nation: Ensuring councils can deliver more and better homes’ they argue that by investing in social housing the new Government can help to create a basis for social housing renewal, and bring jobs, skills and regeneration to local communities. With recommendations for councils to be at the heart of a new build programme, facilitated changes to funding, planning and S.106 development rules as well as reviewing ‘Right to Buy’ this research publication is a timely and essential report to contribute to the debate on housing renewal.

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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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