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Blog from Paul O'Brien

January 2, 2014
A New Year's resolution for local government

It's time to show central government the key role councils can play in helping achieve an economic recovery.

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Tags: APSE, Local government, local economies, Economy
December 9, 2013
Invest to save the health of future generations

It’s time for national politicians to show more bravery and think long term if we are to make the money available for public services go much further. Whilst I welcome the Chanecllors announcement of funding for free school meals for junior school children in his Autumn statement I would like him to go much further. In my view one of the best invest to save schemes available would be extending free school meals to all primary school children.

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Tags: school meals, APSE
November 12, 2013
Care not cuts

Attended the launch of national community meals week today at the Central Hall in Westminster. APSE’s National Chair Cllr Leon Unczur and myself wanted to show our support for a service that is coming under severe pressure as a result of the budget cuts facing local government.

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Tags: Meals on wheels, local government, cuts, NACC
October 30, 2013
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.

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Tags: energy efficiency, renewable energy, ensuring council, Sustainability, fuel poverty, Local government, municipal energy, Entrepreneurship
October 17, 2013
Who really keeps the country moving? #Ourday

To the workforce in local government this is your day.

Getting up at the crack of dawn to grit and maintain the roads infrastructure, sweep the streets, clean the schools and public buildings, this is your day.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: APSE, #Ourday
September 30, 2013
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.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Local government, Northern Ireland, Reorganisation
September 14, 2013
Young, skilled and in localgov

Glenrothes tonight for Fife Councils annual apprentice awards dinner.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Fife, apprenticeships, community benefit
September 12, 2013
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.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Reorganisation, Northern Ireland, Local government
September 11, 2013
Tackling the urban crisis

Spoke at an international policy conference on ‘urban crisis’, organised by De Montfort University at Leicester City Football Club this evening.

Only a group of academics would want to have a talk on public policy challenges for their after dinner entertainment. Despite my trepidation at delivering a presentation at 8.30pm, they appeared to lap it up and it ended up quite a lively debate.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Public policy, Ensuring, Urban Crisis, De Monfort
September 6, 2013
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.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Service delivery, Ensuring, Local government

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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