The latest network queries circulated for this service are listed below.
If you would like more information about any of these queries or want to submit a response, please email Alistair Holcroft.
Network queries from previous years are available on the links at the bottom of the page, you can also view queries for:
G0336 - Mileage Rates and Car User Criteria – 20.11.17
This APSE member authority is seeking to benchmark against other
local authorities in relation to car user status. The information
requested is as follows:
G0335 - Accident Packs / Management - 03.11.17
This local authority would be grateful if other local authorities could
provide information on the following questions about managing
G0332 - School Crossing Patrols - 11.10.17
A member authority is reviewing their approach to School Crossing
Patrols services to see how the service can be effectively delivered,
at a reduced cost.
They are seeking examples of how other local authorities have
reduced the cost of the service either through service reductions or
through alternative funding or engineered solutions, where a change
to the road infrastructure has enabled children to safely cross
without assistance of a School Patroller to help inspire their search
for new ideas.
If, in your authority you have recently reduced the costs of this
service, we would be very grateful if you could please let us know
how you have approached this, what key factors affected your
decision-making and what measures achieved the most significant
budget reductions. Any further information you can supply that may
assist this authority such as any discussion/research papers would
also be gratefully received.
G0331 - Financial assessment of projects regarding social and environmental benefits - 20.09.17
A member authority is starting to do some work on putting a
financial value against human, social and environmental benefits of their projects.
They have found examples in the private sector but it would be
helpful to know if other members have already gone through this
process or are currently doing something similar.
One of the member authorities biggest issues at the moment is how
we scope the work to ensure they hit their corporate aims and
objectives as a priority, but equally don’t miss out on any additional
G0330 - Place Based Structures - 20.09.17
This authority would like to ask others to:
G0329 - Public Toilets - 11.09.17
This local authority would be grateful if other local authorities could
provide information on the following Questions regarding public
G0328 - Agile and flexible working – 25.08.17
This local authority are looking to implement agile and flexible
working as part of their WorkSmart programme and would like to
hear from other authorities who have undertaken this recently.
They are particularly interested in hearing about:
G0327 - Contract Compliance Audits - 25.08.17
A member authority is seeking to undertake a Contract Compliance Audit.
They wish to verify that the Council has not been charged/paid for
anything that the contractor should not have charged for and that
the amounts charged/paid are correct in accordance with the
contract and goods, services or works delivered and subsequent
Contract Negotiation processes.
Have you carried out contract compliance audits?
Did you engage a third party to carry out the audit?
G0325 - Comparing local authority approaches to allocating and processing Community Grants - 11.08.17
A member authority is seeking to benchmark their approach to
Community Grants and to help with this, would be very grateful for
short replies to the below questions, which will then be shared with
all who respond.
G0324 - Lone working Alarms - 01.08.17
A member authority is seeking information on the technology you
use to protect lone workers and service users operating remotely (
e.g. GPS trackers / Alarms/ Phone Apps etc)
G0323 - Random Drug & Alcohol Testing - 07.08.17
A member authority is looking at the issue of random Drug &
Alcohol testing of Drivers
Please can you confirm the following:
If you have decided not to pursue random testing, what alternative
action do you take if any?
G0323 - Freedom of Information Requests , Processes and Procedures - 27.07.17
A member authority is looking to make improvements to how they
deliver responses to Freedom of Information requests (FOIs) and
are seeking examples of procedures and processes in place within
other authorities that enable a good response rate and ensure
queries are handled efficiently, logged centrally and processed in a
way that other team members can quickly pick up if key staff are
To help with this, they would be very grateful if you could please
share any documentation available, which outlines your internal
approach to handling an FOI and if possible, include a sentence
about what works well in your approach and in particular, what helps
ensure an efficient and effective response rate.
They would also be grateful to hear from any local authority within
APSE’s Southern region that might be interested in delivering a joint
approach to FOI requests.
G0322 - Volunteering Opportunities - 26.07.17
A member authority, along with APSE, is interested in exploring
where other local authorities utilise volunteers
Please can you provide information on the following:
G0321 - Reviewing Events Support - 28.06.17
An APSE member authority is currently reviewing their Events
Support processes and methodology and would welcome details
of other local authority members approaches, in particular:-
 The Council delivers and/or supports a wide range of events
across a number of its functions including Tourism, Regeneration,
Arts, Leisure and Democratic Services. These events require
support from other Council Services including, but not limited to,
Waste and Cleansing, Assets and Property, Corporate
Communications and Administration.
G0320 - Digital Readiness - 07.06.17
This local authority would like to know if any other member
authorities are doing any work on Digital Readiness Assessment
G0319 - Parking for Council employees in the field -260517
APSE has received reports that social care staff are spending
significant periods of time accessing parking close to service users’
In residents only parking areas, what provision is made to enable
the following employees to park? (e.g. permits, designated spaces
G0318 - Use of Self Service Kiosks in Customer Contact Centres -100517
This APSE member authority is looking for information on the use of
self-service kiosks and in particular they would welcome details on
the following areas:-
G0317 - Naming Rights for Bridges -100517
Do any local authorities have experience in selling naming rights?
This local authority is considering selling the naming rights to a
bridge they are building and are reaching out for advice to any local
authorities who have experience in this area.
G0315 - Lettings for Local Authority Schools - 110517
A member authority is seeking information in relation to school
lettings. The authority would like details relating to the following:-
G0314 - Strategic approach to community grants - 270417
A member authority is reviewing their approach to Community
Grants and would very much value comments from colleagues
across the membership with regards to the following questions, to
enable them to benchmark their current approach:
G0313 - Management of technical skills training programmes - 120417
Following the restructuring of their Council and centralisation of the
Training budget this member authority would like to ask how other
authorities manage their Technical Skills training programme. E.g.
Drivers CPC, Sector 12, Signing Lighting & Guarding, Abrasive
Wheels, First Aid, Needlestick & Sharps, COTs (Cemetery
Operatives Training) etc. In particular they would be grateful if you
could answer the following questions:-
G0312 - Public Sector Taxation and Investment Advisors - 100417
This APSE member authority is currently exploring their future
investment strategy and as such they will be seeking to procure
specialist advisors on taxation, including VAT and Investment (
including risk assessment and management ) as part of the process
and to ensure due diligence in any reports to elected members.
Accordingly they would be interest to find out the experience of
other APSE member authorities and specifically as follows:-
G0311 - Business planning software - 290317
This APSE member authority is reviewing its business planning
software. They would be interested to learn what business planning
software or KPI software systems you use across your business
planning processes. They would be interested in your experiences;
successful or otherwise, including costs if known.
G0310 - Review of communications, print and design functions - 290317
This APSE member authority is currently reviewing their
communications, print and design functions and they would be
interested to learn how other councils
deliver media and communications. In particular they would be
pleased to receive the following information.
G0309 - Use of seasonal workers - 160317
This council would like to ask other members about their approach
to the use of seasonal workers to deal with the peaks and troughs
of the demands of different service areas. In particular: