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Annual Seminar and AGM 2018

Key note speakers at the APSE Annual Seminar 2018

The LGA, WLGA, COSLA and NILGA alongside government and expert industry speakers provide a focus on both policy and operational challenges for frontline services at the APSE Annual Seminar 2018 which also incorporates your associations Annual General Meeting and the APSE Annual Service Awards. View the hub with details of how to book, the full programme, accommodation options, news about our speakers and much more! click here


Shortlisted for the Annual Service Awards?

Finalists announced, including for Overall Council of the Year.

We are thrilled to announce the finalists for the APSE Annual Service Awards 2018! The Awards, now in their eighteenth year, celebrate the very best in local government. To see if your council has been shortlisted for an award, click here To see if your council has been shortlisted for the Overall Council of the Year award, click here.


Advocacy and media

Greener, Cleaner, Smarter – APSE’s collaboration with ITN

Filming is underway for our upcoming news style documentary - Future Communities: Greener, Cleaner, Smarter. The programme will highlight APSE's vision to encourage healthy, environmentally-friendly and smart solutions for local communities. The programme will launch at the APSE Annual Seminar 2018 in Edinburgh so make sure you're there for the premiere - book your place now!


Apprentice of the Year - call to entries

Apprentice of the Year applications are now being taken for a range of frontline services. You can view the different awards and register your interest online - Submit your interest online by clicking on the link and completing the signup form.


Universal Infant Free School Meals Project

APSE at the LACA Conference and the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food

At both the LACA Conference 2018 and School Food APPG, APSE announced it would be developing a State of the Nation report on the impact of Universal Free School Meals. To ensure that your voice is represented, we have compiled a survey. All questions relate to 2017-18 financial year. We would appreciate it if you could take 5-10 minutes to answer the survey.


Steering the debate at the LGA Conference 2018

Official launch of our latest research “The New Municipalism”

In addition to hosting an exhibition stand at the LGA Conference 2018 in Birmingham, APSE hosted a fringe event in which we launched our latest research report “The New Municipalism: Taking back entrepreneurship”. The launch took place on a lunch time canal boat trip and the event was awash with ideas on reclaiming civic entrepreneurship. You can download the report here.


Garden City Principles given the green light

The Principles have been reinstated in the National Planning Policy Framework

APSE is delighted to confirm that the government has reinstated reference to the Garden City Principles in national policy. Alongside APSE and the TCPA, over 70 organisations – including professional bodies, trade associations, charities, developers and designers – called on the government to reinstate the Principles during the consultation stage.


Latest briefings

Childhood obesity, building standards in Scotland, apprenticeship programmes…

You can view our latest membership briefings including a plan for action on childhood obesity, local authority apprenticeship programmes, The New Town Act 1981 (Local Authority Oversight) Regulation and the Scottish Government Consultation on Building Standards Compliance and Fire Safety. To view the briefings click here.





Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association 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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