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May 17, 2011
Let it shine

Launch of APSE's new research publication 'the virtuous green circle: creating a revolving fund for local authority solar energy', at Birmingham City Football Club. The report demonstrates a business case as to how you can undertake renewables projects in local government on a self financing basis.

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Tags: APSE, Renewables, Solar PV, Solar PV
May 16, 2011
In or out

Spoke this morning at a conference at the QE11 centre in London on Outsourcing and Shared Services - except I spoke about the failings of outsourcing over the past twenty years in England and why so many authorities are now insourcing services. I have got to say I was pleasantly surprised that the audience were very receptive to my message and the nine key lessons if still outsourcing services which I mentioned.

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Tags: APSE, Outsourcing, Insourcing, Suffolk, Third Sector
May 13, 2011
Tough times in greenspace environment

Participated in meeting of Greenlink today in London. This is the body bringing together organisations involved in the parks and open spaces sector, an area that is being particularly hit hard by cuts at present. Many of the organisations present where third sector and social enterprises, who depend heavily on local authority funding and contracts to survive. This is a point the group has pursued at a recent lobbying meeting with DCLG Minister Andrew Stunnell, along with concerns on skill erosion and a reduction in perceived Government supportiveness for the importance of quality green space.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: greenspace, parks, open space, APSE, Greenline, Localism Bill, Cuts, renewable energy
April 8, 2011
Innovation and Income Generation

Chaired APSE's Innovation forum at Elland Road Stadium, Leeds today on income generation opportunities for local authorities.

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Tags: APSE, income generation
April 7, 2011
The Welsh Way

Engaged in a roundtable discussion with some of APSE's main contacts in Wales today at a lunchtime meeting in LLandrindnod Wells.

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Tags: APSE
April 6, 2011
Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity

Met today with the Chief Executive of the Institute of Management of Sport and Physical Activity, Sean Holt and a couple of his board members at their headquarters based at Loughborough University.

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Tags: APSE, MSPA, ISRM, ISPAL
April 1, 2011
How councils can use the green agenda to generate renewable energy and cash

Got this article published on the Guardian's website today on the back of the debate I took part in last week.

With latest ONS figures showing more than 132,000 jobs were lost from the public sector last year and councils grappling with unprecedented budget cuts, green issues are in danger of slipping down the priority list. But in my view, it would be an economic error for local authorities to take their eyes off the environmental ball now.

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Tags: APSE, Renewables, Solar PV, Solar PV
March 31, 2011
Efficiency, Carbon reduction and Sustainability

Spoke today at APSE's Northern symposium on 'Avoiding the road to nowhere' at Formby Hall.

This was the latest event in our roadshow on discussing with our membership the financial challenges they face and debating some of the solutions around efficiency, income generation and innovation.

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Tags: APSE, Efficiency, Sustainability
March 24, 2011
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

APSE held a strategic forum at Parliament tonight to discuss the opportunities created for local government by the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

The guest speaker was Dr Alan Whitehead MP, the Chair of PRASEG, the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group.

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Tags: APSE, Alan Whitehead, PRASEG, Renewable Heat Incentive
March 23, 2011
Are cuts killing the Green Agenda in Local Government?

Took part in a Guardian online debate today on the impact that the cuts were having on the Green agenda in local government.

A point I made that sparked a bit of debate was about how you generate behavioural change amongst the public, the example I gave is pasted below:

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Tags: Climate change, renewables, APSE

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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