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APSE performance networks seminar and awards 2015 - Best and most improved performer winners announced!

APSE performance networks seminar and awards 2015 - Best and most improved performer winners announced!

BBC presenter and journalist Annabel Tiffin has announced the winners of this years APSE Performance Networks awards which recognise the best and most improved councils in frontline service delivery.  

Speaking at the awards APSE chief executive Paul O’Brien said “These awards are a timely way to recognise the huge contribution that local council frontline services make to local communities. They show a genuine commitment to deliver the very best in public services,  reflecting hard evidence from councils that they take cost, quality and improving local services seriously”

The awards are designed to recognise councils that have taken part in sharing data through benchmarking, to ensure that they are delivering good local services using performance information on cost, quality and productivity.

The data benchmarking is supported by working groups which allow councils to share information on how they  have improved local services whilst maintaining service quality and best value costs. The data can demonstrate everything from the cost of emptying a household bin to changing a street light or the price of providing a school meal.

Commenting on the award winners Debbie Johns, APSE Head of Performance Networks said “In recent years councils have been encouraged by Government to assess their own performance and demonstrate to local council taxpayers that they are providing value for money. What better is there for councils to prove their worth than to benchmark with others and seek to continuously improve the local services they provide. These are all deserving winners.”

Click here to view the nominees and winners of each category.

Service area

Best performer

Most improved performer

Building cleaning

Midlothian Council

North Ayrshire Council

Building maintenance

Falkirk Council

A1 Housing Bassetlaw Ltd

Cemetery and crematorium services

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

N/A (new service area)

Education catering

Manchester City Council

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Environmental Health

North Lanarkshire Council

N/A (new service area)

Parks, open spaces and horticultural services

Conwy Borough Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Refuse collection

Kettering Borough Council

Oxford City Council
Roads, highways and winter maintenance Slough Borough Council Inverclyde Council

Sports and leisure facility management

Goole Leisure Centre - East Riding of Yorkshire Victoria Leisure Centre - Nottingham City Council

Street cleansing

Eastleigh Borough Council

Darlington Borough Council

Street lighting

Denbighshire County Council

East Riding of Yorkshire

Transport, operations and vehicle maintenance

North East Lincolnshire Council

Fife Council


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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