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APSE & LACA survey on school meal uptakes 2017-18
APSE & LACA survey on school meal uptakes 2017-18

APSE are currently working with LACA to develop a State of the Nation report on the impact of Universal Free School Meals. This report will be used to inform government bodies of the impact of the policy on your behalf.

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The new municipalism: Taking back entrepreneurship
The new municipalism: Taking back entrepreneurship

APSE’s latest research examines the initiatives and the emerging practices of municipal entrepreneurialism.

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Taking a commercial approach: A guide for local councils in Scotland to income generation, trading and charging
Taking a commercial approach: A guide for local councils in Scotland to income generation, trading and charging

Reliance on ever decreasing central funding for local councils means stark choices; cut services or find other ways to meet these on-going challenges. That is why APSE Scotland commissioned this guide for our member local councils to explore the dynamics of commercialisation in local government.

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Doing local politics supplementary report - Centre and locality in Scottish politics
Doing local politics supplementary report - Centre and locality in Scottish politics

In 2017, we completed an APSE study of the work and world of the councillor and interconnected worlds of the council officer and the engaged citizen. Having been concerned then with horizontal relations between those who do politics at local level, we were asked to investigate the vertical relationships between local councillors and national politics in Holyrood and Westminster. Recent national and local elections have changed the political landscape in some areas of Scotland, and new political relationships are being forged at national and local levels as well as between them. We have therefore created a supplementary piece of research based on six interviews: two with MSPs, of whom one was a constituency MSP and the other a regional MSP, and four with local councillors. This supplementary paper is therefore intended to provide a further dynamic to the original report and take account of the emerging political landscape in Scotland.

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Delivering affordable homes in a changing world: Ensuring councils can meet local housing need
Delivering affordable homes in a changing world: Ensuring councils can meet local housing need

The latest research from APSE and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) finds that a lack of investment in genuine affordable housing alongside deregulation of planning is reducing local authorities’ ability to secure the homes the nation needs.

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Bringing order to chaos: How does local government hold to account agencies delivering public services?
Bringing order to chaos: How does local government hold to account agencies delivering public services?

Research published by APSE and written and researched by the Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University finds that as public service provision continues to be fragmented, diverse and largely unaccountable to the local public, local councils, as the only democratically elected institutions at a local level, are best placed to make sure that local networks are harnessed to ensure all actors and agencies are working in the best interests of the local area.

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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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Ways forward: Alternatives to merging councils in Wales
Ways forward: Alternatives to merging councils in Wales

A look at the alternatives available for the Welsh Assembly Government to create a more flexible and fluid system within which councils can construct arrangements for joint-working and co-operation which suited their specific needs

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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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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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