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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.

By Paul O'Brien
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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.

By Paul O'Brien
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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:

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Climate change, renewables, APSE
March 21, 2011
The Future of Audit and Inspection in local government

Gave evidence today on the future of audit and inspection in local government to the inquiry that the Communities and Local Government Committee is holding at Portcullis House.

Alongside me was Professor John Seddon who has written widely on systems thinking.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Audit Commission, APSE, CLG
March 16, 2011
London Calling

Busy couple of days in London, where I attended a couple of conferences and had several meetings.

The first event was 'The Public Sector Efficiency Expo', where I almost seen Francis Maude outline the coalition Government's policy on Public Services.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Efficiency, APSE, Sustainability, Green Jobs, Insourcing
March 14, 2011
North Wales symposium

Spoke at APSE's latest roadshow event on 'Avoiding the Road to Nowhere' in Landudno in North Wales.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Northern Ireland, APSE
March 9, 2011
Public sector reform

Much like Colin Firth’s character in the film the King’s Speech, it has taken David Cameron some time to find his voice on his true intentions for the future of public services.

In his recent Daily Telegraph article, he stopped hiding behind Big Society and Localism rhetoric and spoke clearly about something a number of us had long suspected – that he wants a much greater role for the private sector in the delivery of public services.

By Paul O'Brien
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Tags: Big Society, Localism, Public Services, CCT, 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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