Neel Radia, national chair of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), discusses the findings of new research into Meals on Wheels provision. It highlights a worrying trend for this service, but also shows ways for local councils to continue to provide Meals on Wheels without breaking the bank.
We spoke to Barbara Whiting, Lead Officer Renewables Enterprise and Environment, and Tom Henderson, Service Manager Fleet Operations, both from Fife Council, in a bid to learn more about their work with renewable energy and their hydrogen bin lorries – something that they believe may be a world first.
Whilst questions hang over devolution deals, APSE’s Mo Baines, Head of Communication and Coordination, explores the case for frontline services to be part of the rebalancing of the UK economy – with or without Combined Authorities.
We looked at a home help service run by Oldham Council offering basic support to elderly and vulnerable residents so that they can stay independent in their own homes for longer.
Chris Reynolds, from Guildford Borough Council, discusses how the local authority was able to create a hydro-electric plant from a derelict mill, enabling them to generate their own renewable energy.
Elaine Scott, Building Services Manager at Renfrewshire Council, gives an insight into the Council’s recent experience in Malawi, where a team of volunteers went to build a new school for the children of William Village.
APSE performance networks has been working with Northern Ireland authorities to develop a new benchmarking project, which focuses on measuring success and driving excellence in local councils. APSE’s Debbie Johns, Head of performance networks, tells us more about this exciting project.