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February 27, 2009
Building the Future without Banks!

Participated in a Chatam House rules event organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects at One Great George Street in London. Basically the event was a debate about how we continue to construct public sector infrastructure in an environment where the banks are unable or unwilling to lend the money necessary to fund such vast projects.
 

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February 23, 2009
Building Council Housing

Chair a debate on Housing between the four main political parties in Scotland at our Peebles conference. Livingston MSP, Angela Constance opens on behalf of the SNP Government, Derek Brownlee MSP responds on behalf of the Conservatives, Jeremy Purvis MSP on behalf of the Liberal Democrats and Cllr Jim McCabe, Labour Group Leader on CoSLA on behalf of the Scottish Labour Party.
 

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February 17, 2009
Insourcing!

Think APSE has started a pretty hot debate with the publishing of our latest research project which is a guide to Insourcing local authority services previously outsourced.

We did articles for the Guardian, Public Finance, MJ and Public Servant, as well as some other sector journals and a number of journals and websites also gave the report coverage and their own particular slants on it. Of course there were the usual attacks from the vested interest brigade in both the third and private sectors but it was quite obvious that they hadn't read the report and it was therefore fairly easy to rebut their whining.
 

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February 11, 2009
True grit!

Keeping the highways of the country free of snow and ice has dominated the news agenda in recent days and APSE has stepped into the breach in order to help its member authorities.
 

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February 7, 2009
Putting policy into practice!

Birmingham University is the venue today for the first in a series of seminars for a research project on putting policy into practice funded by the European Social Research Council. This is a joint initiative between the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), Edinburgh University and APSE. Its aim is to test the practicalities of implementing policy and to gain insight into how policy design can better take place in conjunction with practitioners.

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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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