• 'Perfect storm' warning over supply chain pressures

    07 June 2022

    Supply chain pressures are mounting up on local government, with place directors warning of a ‘perfect storm’.

  • Planning for the Future

    07 June 2022

    Paul O’Brien and Fiona Howie outline the key findings from a report that argues the UK will not meet its ambitious carbon reduction targets without tackling emissions from homes.

  • Let’s work together on the most important agenda of our time

    25 May 2022

    Paul O'Brien says policy on permitted development rights 'continues to work against a co-ordinated approach at local level on reshaping place and making developers contribute to this process'.

  • A Queen’s Speech without jewels

    18 May 2022

    Councils are at the forefront of demand when people pushed into poverty seek their support, writes Mo Baines. But she says the Queen’s Speech failed to embrace the role of councils by offering practical measures that would help residents.

  • Think big, act local, start now

    29 March 2022

    Communities will look to their local authority for further support with the cost of living crisis, says Paul O'Brien. Councils will also need to provide leadership in decarbonisation, he adds.

  • Social value must not be a tick box exercise

    08 March 2022

    Mo Baines says councils should not simply apply the principles of the Social Value Act to outsourced contracts, but ‘engage in the spirit and intention of the Act, which is to get the very best outcomes from public money’.

  • Councils demand to know more about deposit return scheme

    09 February 2022

    Councils are unsure about the full implications of deposit return schemes ahead of their rollout, according to new research.

  • Gove's suggestion on non-statutory services won't work

    04 February 2022

    Michael Gove recently said councils could drop some non-statutory services – but these are the essential operating platform for their statutory cousins, says Mo Baines.

  • 'Roaring Twenties' could end up as a whimper

    01 February 2022

    'As with the 1920s, today's economic and political landscape is strewn with messy public policy issues that could stifle any roar into a whimper', says chief executive of APSE Paul O'Brien.

  • Spending power squeeze amid inflation warning

    18 January 2022

    Councils are bracing themselves for a spending power squeeze amid predictions inflation will soar to its highest level for nearly 30 years this spring.

  • Protecting parks for all

    13 January 2022

    A host of council agendas, including climate change mitigation, depend on future-proofing local green spaces and Fields in Trust’s ParkXtinction campaign is aimed at doing more to protect them, says Helen Griffiths.

  • Will funding land next month to help levelling up?

    17 November 2021

    Councils will await with interest December’s annual financial settlement to see where funding lands at the local level, says Paul O'Brien. Will this signify the beginning of significant attempts at levelling up, he asks.

  • It is the right time to invest in all of our futures

    24 October 2021

    As we head towards COP26, Paul O’Brien says we should not settle for anything less than a key role for councils in the delivery of the plan for net-zero or the consequences could be catastrophic.

  • Joining the dots

    24 October 2021

    Ahead of COP26, the Government has published its route map for reaching net-zero emissions, but is it ambitious enough and what does it mean for local government? Ann McGauran reports.

  • Ministers urged to ensure council staff have access to fuel

    28 September 2021

    Ministers have been urged to introduce emergency measures to ensure local government workers continue to have access to petrol amid the UK’s fuel crisis.

  • Let’s see some fair play

    14 September 2021

    A new report makes the case for a radical new approach to secure their future of local sports and leisure services, including a call for longer-term investment, say Paul O’Brien, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson and Debbie Kaye.

  • The time for team spirit is now

    14 September 2021

    Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson says there has never been a more important time to work together to protect the future of community-based sport and leisure services.

  • The local government workforce: equal by default

    19 August 2021

    The APSE Commission message is clear: we need a well-trained, properly rewarded workforce to meet local public services’ future challenges, says Heather Wakefield.

  • 'Growing our own' jobs will require investment in local councils

    27 July 2021

    If Government wants to maximise the bang for its buck in levelling up the country, then it must start investing in local councils and allow them to skill up local people from all backgrounds, argues Paul O'Brien.

  • Commission calls for funding reset

    20 July 2021

    Local government needs a ‘funding floor’ at an agreed percentage of national income, a report on the future of the sector has said.