APSE host a fringe event at the SNP annual conference in Perth. The topic is our research on the economic footprint of local government and it ends up packed out with around 65 delegates in attendance.
The event is chaired by APSE stalwart Cllr Richard Lyle and has contributions from APSEs Pat Taggart and CLES Chief Executive, Neil McInroy. Our findings show that for every pound Swindon Council spend on inhouse services £1.64 circulates back in the local economy.
Delegates leave the event impressed by the findings and wondering whether this is something that they could measure in their own local areas. The answer is of course yes and in the current economic times it is crucial that every pound is spent effectively to support local economies. APSE intend finding a local authority in Scotland willing to participate in the research.