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2022

APSE Refuse and Recycling, Street Scene and Parks Innovation Awards 2022 - Now open for entries!
APSE Refuse and Recycling, Street Scene and Parks Innovation Awards 2022 - Now open for entries!

APSE is pleased to present the Innovation Awards, celebrating outstanding local councils that use innovative ideas and solutions to tackle the current challenges facing their frontline FM services which include Facilities Management, Catering and Cleaning.

"Nine Shine on the Frontline" Announcing the APSE Overall Council of the Year Finalists!
"Nine Shine on the Frontline" - Announcing the APSE Overall Council of the Year 2022 Finalists!

Nine outstanding UK local authorities have been shortlisted for this year's "Big One". 

Platinum power for APSE: Becoming a Carbon Literate Organisation
Platinum power for APSE: Becoming a Carbon Literate Organisation

APSE has recently achieved the distinction of becoming the first dedicated local government organisation to achieve Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation status in the UK. APSE Head of Training – Fiona Sutton Wilson – has pulled  details our journey in partnership with the Carbon Literacy Project, emphasising the key role local authorities can play in carving a path to net zero.

No one left behind - Wolverhampton City Council's Travel Unit
No one left behind - Wolverhampton City Council's Travel Unit

Beth Cooper, Travel Unit Manager at Wolverhampton City Council, spoke to APSE Direct about how the authority’s travel unit for those in Special Educational Needs successfully adapted to the disruptions - both temporary and permanent - that arose as a consequence of the pandemic. 

Ash dieback costs risk further hollowing out council budgets, a new APSE survey of local authorities warns
Ash dieback costs risk further hollowing out council budgets, a new APSE survey of local authorities warns

A recent survey on the impacts of ash dieback found nearly a quarter of the local councils surveyed expect their total costs for dealing with ash die back to amount to over £10m.

(Mental) Health is wealth with APSE's Wellbeing in the Workplace Training
(Mental) Health is wealth with APSE's Wellbeing in the Workplace Training

'Wellbeing in the Workplace’ is one of APSE’s newest courses, developed by Senior Training Officer, Amy Caldow. Amy shares how vital this course is in the current climate, emphasising the importance of investing in your own and your colleague’s mental health and wellbeing.

Resilient Derby
Resilient Derby

Samantha Dennis, Director of Public Protection and Streetpride, Derby City Council, explains how the Council is reimagining the city and working with their communities.

The July/August APSE Direct is out now!
The July/August APSE Direct is out now!

A look ahead to the APSE Annual Seminar 2022, page 8

Resilient Derby, Samantha Dennis, Derby City Council p12

No one left behind, Beth Cooper, City of Wolverhampton Council, p23

(Mental) Health is wealth, Amy Caldow, APSE Training, p18

Announcing the finalists of the APSE Service Awards 2022
Announcing the finalists of the APSE Service Awards 2022

The APSE Annual Service Awards are specific to frontline services provided by UK local authorities. Agreed by a panel of expert judges, the Awards include 22 categories covering the vast majority of local services.

New job opportunity with APSE - Training Coordination Officer
New job opportunity with APSE - Training Coordination Officer

Deadline for application is 7 August 2022.

Local authority apprentices required! APSE Housing and Building Apprentice of the Year Awards 2022
Local authority apprentices required! APSE Housing and Building Apprentice of the Year Awards 2022

Entry to the awards is free of charge and successfully short-listed candidates, and the local authorities they represent, receive individual awards to recognise the achievements of both the apprentice and the employer.

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.

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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