In a unique communications partnership, the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme which will explore the future of frontline local government services and examine the role that local authorities play in building sustainable communities.
By 2020, the combined current and capital spending by UK local government will be lower than at any time since before 1948, finds new research from APSE and NPI. ‘Sustainable local government finance and liveable local areas: Can we survive to 2020?’ reveals that many of the things which local authorities in the UK have taken for granted for decades will be gone by 2020.
Hull City Council’s recent decision to get tough on recycling has caused something of a media storm. In response to the criticism they have been facing, APSE’s very own Andy Mudd appeared on BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours show to give a voice to struggling local authorities. He talks about how residents can help their local council to provide excellent frontline services, how contamination affects recycling rates – and how to wash out your tomato ketchup bottles!
Glenn Stuart, Director of Environment at Bury Council, explains the opportunities presented by their ground-breaking move to a three-weekly collection cycle.
We spoke to Adrian Thole from Torfaen Council, who was part of a collaboration that have just launched a new online learning resource designed to support direct payment personal assistants.
Sandwell’s West Smethwick Park has recently been awarded nearly £5 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund for improvements.
Neel Radia, National Chair of the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), argues against recent cuts to vital Meals on Wheels services.
NILGA’s Chief Executive Derek McCallan talks to APSE about Northern Ireland’s recent council reorganisation and what we should expect to see in the future.
APSE's Mark Bramah considers how local authorities can still commit to a move towards renewable energy, despite government cuts.