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December 14, 2010
Scrapping two tier code is a regressive step

Francis Maude’s announcement to scrap the code of practice on workforce matters, which protects workers on outsourced public sector contracts from having different pay and conditions to colleagues working alongside them is a regressive step taking us back ten years prior to when the code was negotiated through the social partners forum which I was involved in for APSE.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: two tier code of practice, APSE, employment, public services
December 8, 2010
Avoiding the road to nowhere

A senior central government figure recently asked me what a transformed council should look like in four or five years’ time. Whilst this is a fairly obvious question to ask, then a fairly obvious answer to give is that it depends on what you want it to look like.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Ensuring council, APSE, cuts, De Montfort
December 2, 2010
Measuring performance in Blackpool

It’s APSE’s annual performance networks seminar at Blackpool and despite the horrendous weather most of the delegates appear to have made it.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: APSE, performance networks, Helen Sullivan, Michael Hughes, Audit Commission, Audit Commission
December 1, 2010
Public Sector Summit

At Pannone public sector summit in Manchester today and a healthy turnout despite the weather, have a quick look on the delegate list and there’s more consultants and lawyers than local government people. However the speaker line up is first class.

Dubious about introduction from Pannone speaker who says George Osborne has played a blinder so far in shaping the debate on shifting services from the public to the private sector!

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Richard Kemp, George Osborne, Tony Travers, David Clark, SOLACE, Howard Bernstein, Ged Fitzgerald

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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