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2022

Pay rates amongst refuse workers in the UK: An analysis of the challenges facing the sector
Pay rates amongst refuse workers in the UK: An analysis of the challenges facing the sector

Designed in the wake of the late 2021 HGV driver shortage crisis, the aim of this survey of APSE’s member authority refuse teams was to gather accurate real time data on the pay rates of refuse workers: HGV drivers, non-HGV drivers and loaders. The survey also includes questions and analysis on retention and recruitment issues in the sector. 

Consultation on preventing charges for DIY waste at household waste recycling centres - Complete our short survey
Consultation on preventing charges for DIY waste at household waste recycling centres - Complete our short survey

APSE has designed this survey in order to gather accurate data on the current state of DIY waste charges across English and Welsh local authority HWRCs, and the potential impact government changes may have on the future delivery of waste and recycling services. 

What is the impact of the cost of living crisis on school meals? Take the APPG survey
What is the impact of the cost of living crisis on school meals? Take the APPG survey

The All Party Parliamentary Group for School Food is undertaking a short survey to gain a snapshot of the impact of the cost of living crisis on school food. All Responses to the survey will be anonymised in the report. We would be grateful if you could complete the survey by 22 July 2022.

Complete our Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure survey
Complete our Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure short survey

APSE Energy is carrying out a short survey to gain an understanding of the practicalities, progress and issues that local authorities are facing when it comes to installing electric vehicle charging infrastructure. We will make the results available to all those who complete the survey and to APSE Energy members.

Pre-Need Cremation Plans for Huntingdon as they Partner with PlotBox
Pre-Need Cremation Plans for Huntingdon as they Partner with PlotBox

In PlotBox, the Huntingdon team are able to manage and schedule cremations, appointments and services, as well as manage work permits for memorial masons to carry out work on site. 

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO): Can it be a stepping stone before going fully electric? - Falkirk Council
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO): Can it be a stepping stone before going fully electric?

Recycled vegetable oil is already being used to heat homes in Scotland as an eco-friendly solution to combat carbon emissions. APSE Direct interviewed Patrick Taggart, Fleet Service Manager at Falkirk Council, to discuss whether HVO fuel is a viable carbon-friendly option for fleet and transport managers. 

Welcoming Lendology CIC, APSE’s newest Approved Partner
Welcoming Lendology CIC, APSE’s newest Approved Partner

Lendology CIC are a Social Enterprise lender, working in partnership with councils.  Lendology work closely with the Private Sector Housing and Senior Management teams within local authorities to understand the strategic housing aims of the council and develop a partnership that delivers meaningful change across the sector. 

Rising to the climate change challenge: The role of housing and planning within local councils
Rising to the climate change challenge: The role of housing and planning within local councils

A report by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), researched and written by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA), has today been published, considering the important role of local councils in tackling climate change, with an emphasis on their responsibilities in relation to housing and planning.

Recognising excellence in Scotland's local authority fleet, waste and grounds teams
Recognising excellence in Scotland's local authority fleet, waste and grounds teams

APSE is delighted to announce the winners of the APSE Striving for Excellence Awards 2022.

Understanding Electricity: Reducing costs and increasing income for local authorities
Understanding Electricity: Reducing costs and increasing income for local authorities

Having an understanding of electricity is vital to being able to manage energy better and invest effectively to generate, distribute or supply it. This new APSE energy publication provides a clear and concise explanation of the topic of electricity, how it works and, most importantly, how the people and businesses that local authorities serve can benefit from it.

Sutton’s Age Friendly Journey
Sutton’s Age Friendly Journey

Sutton Council and Age UK Sutton are working together to support older people in the Borough with the shared ambition of more people enjoying a good later life.

Lambeth Council’s non-chemical romance
Lambeth Council’s non-chemical romance

Ian Ross, Head of Parks and Leisure Services at Lambeth Council, outlines his team’s nature-friendly approach to tackling weeds; with a focus on the Council’s promise not to use herbicides for routine grounds maintenance except for in instances where there is no alternative.

Roadvert's 'Ads On The Move' gives big boost to Business Gateway Fife
Roadvert's 'Ads On The Move' gives big boost to Business Gateway Fife

A look at how APSE Approved Partner, Roadvert, helped to encourage residents in communities across Fife to think about alternative career paths; using advertising on the sides of refuse vehicles to generate a big uptick in enquiries and converts to actions. 

Using the planning process to unlock behaviour change initiatives - Swindon Council
Using the planning process to unlock behaviour change initiatives - Swindon Council

Claire Fleming, Travel Plan Officer, provides a closer look at how Swindon Borough Council is securing travel plans for new developments, and encouraging sustainable and active travel.

Reporting back from APSE's Cemeteries and Crematoria Seminar 2022
Reporting back from APSE's Cemeteries and Crematoria Seminar 2022

On 5 March 2022, APSE held its bi-annual Cemeteries and Crematoria Seminar in Staffordshire. Matt Ellis, APSE Communications Officer, provides a short summary of the day’s speakers and the topics of discussion from a lively event bursting with ideas on best practice. 

The importance of securing the future of Meals on Wheels
The importance of securing the future of Meals on Wheels

New research showcases the benefits of Meals on Wheels, but also the challenges faced by the service, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Angeliki Papadaki, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition at the University of Bristol, examines the lessons that were learned from researching two local authorities in South West England.

May/June APSE Direct out now!
May/June APSE Direct out now!

This special Aviemore edition includes articles on alternative fuel vehicles, climate action, meals on wheels, active travel, a nature-friendly approach to tackling weeds, e-cargo bikes, creating greenspace amenity in the heart of a city. 

Loch, stock and thought-provoking panels - What to expect at Aviemore
Loch, stock and thought-provoking panels

APSE is delighted to once again announce we will be returning to the picturesque town as part of APSE Scotland’s Fleet, Waste and Grounds Seminar 2022. The event features Scotland’s largest trade exhibition of its kind, as well as ample opportunities for learning though our panel discussions. 

Turning words into climate action - Wirral Council
Turning words into climate action

APSE Training’s hugely popular Carbon Literacy course has been a real source of inspiration for Wirral Council, as it aspires to become a net carbon neutral council by 2030.

Colchester ignites an eCargo bike revolution!
Colchester ignites an eCargo bike revolution!

Colchester Borough Council has developed an ambitious scheme that pioneers the use of convenient, green electric cargo bikes in the town. Emily Harrup, Transport and Sustainability Joint Lead, provides an overview. 

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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