Underground Refuse Systems Virtual Briefing: 14 July 2020, 10.00am - 1.00pm
As Liverpool City Council, supported by APSE Solutions, prepares to launch the UK’s first multi-supplier URS procurement framework in the autumn, this virtual briefing event is your chance to find out what the fuss is about. The webinar will include presentations from APSE showing how URS is working across Europe and in an increasing number of locations in the UK. Participants will also discover how URS is to contribute to transforming the terraced streetscape in Liverpool. Details of the forthcoming framework and how to use it will also be provided.
This webinar is free to APSE member authorities. Click here to register your place
Many local authorities are re-evaluating their commercial strategies to adapt to new circumstances and to develop new and sustainable economics. In response to the issues raised, APSE’s popular masterclass “Developing and Delivering a Commercial Strategy (CPD)” is now available online with dates from July 2020. This one day course is delivered over two half-day sessions. Designed for middle and senior managers, this masterclass will equip you with an understanding of the legal frameworks enabling you to make best use of local authority powers, analysis of risks and opportunities, awareness of the cultural dynamics and the tools and models you need to develop a robust and sustainable commercial strategy. For programme and booking information click here. For more information contact Fiona Sutton-Wilson on FSuttonWilson@apse.org.uk
You can view the full range of APSE Training online courses here. All courses take place on Microsoft Teams so all participants need is access to the internet on a laptop, desktop or smart device.
At APSE Energy we regularly prompt local authorities to keep up to date information about their assets and to maximise the use of them. Solar is a case in point. Land based solar is ideal and rooftop solar can be a great investment too. Putting your panels on someone else’s hired roof is a further option that local authorities are considering as is investing in land outside of your area. APSE Energy can get you started as these projects must have a site survey; a financial model; a customer for the energy; an understanding of grid access and planning related issues and; a report which spells out all of these issues and recommends a way forward. We can help local authorities get to this decision making stage for a relatively small fee.
If you wish to know more about what the main issues are and how we can help, please contact Phil Brennan, Head of APSE Energy on 0161 772 1810 or at email@example.com.
Spending on Parks and Neighbourhood Services in Scotland: Latest APSE Research
Parks are the lungs of our community, However, cuts in spending since 2010 has left many of these valuable green assets fighting for breath. A new report by APSE Scotland and The New Policy Institute examines what has happened to spending on parks and open spaces by Scottish local authorities. To provide context, the report also looks at spending on the wider group of local authority neighbourhood services - the services that local authorities provide that are neither education, social care nor housing. To celebrate the launch of the report, APSE held a free online discussion group on 16 June. To download the report and view the highlights from this discussion click here.
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As you will know, heat is an important area to address in local authority climate action plans. It is necessary to find alternatives to gas heating in order to meet a net zero carbon target and a widely recognised technology for doing so is ground source heating. APSE Energy partner Kensa informs us about developments in the market, which will provide a major boost for renewable heating, advancing heat pump research and development programmes, specifically around district heating shared ground loop array installations, and funding zero-cost heating infrastructure. This also offers a unique opportunity for local authorities to achieve their zero carbon goals at a faster pace. The article from Kensa can be accessed here.
PlotBox, the international death care management application focussed on helping cemeteries and crematoriums operate to world class standards, announces the appointment of Andrew Clark as Chairman of the Board. Andrew Clark succeeds Interim Chairman Graham Paterson who held the post for the past year. You can learn more about the appointment here.
Fife Council's Print and Sign Service currently undertake signage and printing works for Stirling Council, NHS and a number of trusts. All of the artworks within their products booklet can be altered to suit individual needs. Sizes, colours and wording can be altered on request. The Service can print any artwork a customer supplies (PDF format preferred) on any of the products shown within the brochure. For more information click here.
Jobs in Local Government
Community Services Manager - South Staffordshire Council
Location: Codsall, South Staffordshire
Salary: Up to £44,662 (including car allowance), pay award pending
Closing Date: 13 July 2020
Climate Change Officer - Guildford Borough Council
Location: Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB
Salary: £34,520 to £ £42,145 per annum
Closing Date: 6 July 2020