In 2016, APSE and ITN Productions developed Promoting Excellence, a programme that looks at the difficulties facing local government today and in the future. Now, we look at ways that local authorities are managing demand and expectations - despite facing extensive budget cuts. In a new programme for 2017, entitled Redefining Neighbourhoods: Beyond Austerity, we explore innovative ways that local councils are successfully running their frontline services.
These programmes highlight the problems that local councils are facing on a daily basis. Yet this is only half the story; we also show how local authorities are overcoming these issues, being resilient, and constantly improving. However, the problem remains; local councils still need more money in order to maintain vital neighbourhood services.