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February 25, 2010
Don't cut up the streets!
By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: streetscene, APSE, public finances
February 23, 2010
Greening Cornwall

In Cornwall today to meet up with the Programme Director for Green Cornwall at Cornwall Council, Steve Cirell. Steve and me go back 15 years and shared many platforms and projects over the years in his time as Head of the Public Sector Unit at Eversheds. Steve has always been passionate about his work and I remember him as a leading voice in local government during the battles over CCT, his expertise on Trading and Charging, PFI and more lately on Best Value.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Steve Cirell, Cornwall, Environment, Climate Change
February 18, 2010
Northern Ireland Local Government Awards

Attended the awards dinner for the Northern Ireland Local Government Awards at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Down. This is the second year in a row that APSE has been involved in the awards and it’s really taken off as an event with the dinner packed out.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Edwin Poots, APSE, NILGA, Northern Ireland, Local Government Staff Commission, SOLACE, Belfast City Council
February 17, 2010
Housing issues in Scotland

Chaired a debate today at APSE's Scottish Housing conference at Peebles Hydro. We had a first class panel of speakers with Alex Neil MSP the Housing and Communities Minister facing the opposition spokespersons for Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, Michael McMahon MSP, Derek Brownlee MSP and Jeremy Purvis MSP. Dave Watson the UNISON Scotland organiser also spoke in the debate.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Housing, APSE, Alex Neil, Michael McMahon, Derek Brownlee, Jeremy Purvis, Dave Watson, Dave Prentis
February 10, 2010
Best Value 2

Led a debate today at APSE's Scottish Regional Council on the next stage of Best Value in Scotland this follows on from the Best Value audit process that has recently been completed.

Having examined the recommendations made there will be a requirement for more self evaluation and improvement support will be needed. There will be a greater focus on services, outcomes and partnerships. There will be a move towards more joined up inspection with other audit bodies. The process will overview £17b of spend, 258,000 staff employed and assets of £26b.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Best Value, Audit and Inspection
February 5, 2010
The sands of time running low

At the time of writing the reorganisation of local government in Northern Ireland has almost ground to a standstill as it has been swallowed up in the stalemate created by the wider political dealings taking place amongst the main parties in the Assembly. 
 

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: local government reorganisation, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland

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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