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Land Audit Management System (LAMs)

LAMS is a quality inspection system to monitor grounds maintenance, which can also be applied to street cleansing for a total street scene quality score. You can use LAMS to measure the quality of your own localities and at the same time, benchmark these against other local authorities. You can choose between using the system to monitor grounds maintenance and/or street cleansing as well and benchmarking reports are produced bi-monthly. To download the information booklet click here.


BBITS have developed a LAMS monitoring APP for £500 per authority which includes GIS location and photo evidence for the inspections which eliminates the manual input of spreadsheets.   Pilots, testing and training on the new APP will take place in June and July 2018.


APSE Northern Region

APSE Northern Annual General Meeting – LAMs demonstration

At the APSE Refuse and Street Cleansing Advisory Group on the 24th May in Manchester, we launched our Land Audit Management System (LAMS) APP.

The next opportunity to see the App demonstrated will be at the Northern Forum and Annual General Meeting which will take place at Chester Town Hall on 15 June 2018. The meeting will be looking at current issues regarding parks and greenspaces as well as having an interactive performance management workshop which will include LAMS.

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APSE Energy

Benchmarking Energy Costs

APSE Energy is establishing an energy price comparison project to benchmark energy costs between local authorities. Just a 0.5% cost reduction on an average energy bill can add up to a substantial figure and that is the reason for this project. We will be bringing people together for an initial meeting to discuss the type of data needed to make a relevant comparison and how we should go about it. We have access to a lot of experience and expertise in energy procurement and this is great opportunity to learn from and contribute to the debate and save some money.

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APSE Solutions

Market Engagement Event: Underground Refuse Systems

As part of our ongoing research into the use and development of underground waste systems, APSE Solutions invites you to attend this one-day market engagement event at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. The event is a unique opportunity to discuss this innovative collection method and to see these systems in a practical setting as well as meeting with both users and manufacturers to discuss the practical application of these systems.

Numbers are limited and places are filling up fast so don’t miss out! Click here to book your place.


APSE Training

Are you GDPR compliant?

Understanding the new General Data Protection Regulation may appear daunting from a corporate and service sector position. Delegates attending APSE awareness sessions have spoken of being given conflicting messages and not knowing where to start.

APSE can support you on site with in-house training - from senior executives to frontline staff. We are also able to advise on data mapping exercises, audits, gap assessments, corporate policy statements or any bespoke requirements relating to GDPR. Please contact Jan Kennedy 0161 772 1810 jkennedy@apse.org.uk

If you prefer to attend a public course we have places left on the following dates:


GDPR Foundation Training (implications for local authorities)


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GDPR Foundation Training (implications for local authorities)


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GDPR Foundation Training - Northern Ireland


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APSE Scotland

Aviemore Highlights

Once again APSE Scotland held its highly successful Fleet, Waste and Grounds Seminar 2018 on Thursday 15-18 May in sunny Aviemore. The event included an extensive exhibition, formal dinner as well as the APSE Scotland Striving for Excellence Awards 2018. You can read more about the award winners and finalists here. You can also access the Seminar’s presentations here.


Scottish AGM

The AGM provides an invaluable opportunity for APSE in Scotland to review its activities over the last year.  It also provides a critical role in ensuring that any identified future goals and objectives of the Association are directly linked to the views of the membership. The AGM is open to all APSE Scottish Local Authority members, Tayside Contracts and Scotland Excel, with equal representation welcome from both elected members and officers.

Click here to book your place


APSE Southern Region

Southern Future Focus Seminar

As the Southern region’s first seminar of its kind, this seminar offers the unique opportunity to explore the changing nature of Local Government. Hearing from a panel of expert thought leaders, delegates will be able to weave their own conference agenda choosing between options framed around three streams: Commercialisation, Income Generation and Trading; Parks and Open Spaces; and Waste Management Refuse Collection and Street Cleansing.

The day will also feature a range of Innovation Hubs to explore and share good practise among delegates across both strategic and operational matters.

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APSE Central 

Free Seminar and AGM: Boldness in the face of austerity – Commercialisation and income Generation

Thursday 19 July 2018, Holiday Inn, Leicester Express

The Seminar will explore practical and operational issues looking at exemplar case study councils and wholly owned companies, which showcase income generation through frontline service delivery in a range of areas. Following the Seminar, the APSE Central Region AGM will take place which will be your opportunity to vote for the APSE Central Region chair, secretary and delegates to APSE’s national council.

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Local Authority Apprenticeship Programmes

APSE is undertaking research into Local Authority Apprenticeship Programmes. There are a range of questions that will enable a snapshot to be gained of the programmes local authorities are running in the UK. In order to aid this research, we would be most grateful if you could spare around 5 minutes to complete the following survey.

If you are unable to respond to all of the questions, please consult a colleague or forward a copy of the survey link.

Click here to complete the survey



Delivering affordable homes in a changing world: Ensuring councils can meet local housing need

On May 10, APSE and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) launched our fourth annual housing report in Westminster. The research shines a stark spotlight on the desperate housing crisis experienced across the country with 98% of councils identifying their need for affordable housing as either severe or moderate. The report is free to download from our website.


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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