• Another false dawn?

    24 November 2020

    Next month’s energy White Paper and a longer-term comprehensive spending review than currently proposed will really tell us whether the PM's 'Green Industrial Revolution' lives up to its billing or is another false dawn, says Paul O'Brien.

  • Green revolution or missed opportunity?

    24 November 2020

    Local government insiders tell Heather Jameson that the Government’s 10-point action plan for tackling climate change isn’t ambitious enough either in terms of the scale of the vision or about what role councils should play.

  • Engage some of the pandemic's casualties in a more locally-based recovery

    29 September 2020

    The upcoming comprehensive spending review represents a great opportunity for ministers to show they mean business by putting in place adequate resources for councils, says Paul O'Brien.

  • Building foundations for community health

    01 September 2020

     A new report calls on the Government to put public health at the heart of housing delivery. Paul O’Brien of APSE and Dr Daniel Slade highlight the main recommendations.

  • Follow the money

    29 April 2020

    As councils grapple with COVID-19 it is not just the extra expenses incurred but the loss of earned income that must be addressed, says Paul O’ Brien, adding that we cannot bail out businesses and fail to bail out the frontline.

  • Don't lose the increased recognition due to a failure to fund services

    15 April 2020

    It would be a tragedy for local government if an increased recognition of its role in keeping society functioning in the toughest of circumstances is quickly lost by a failure to properly fund these very services in the future, argues Paul O'Brien.

  • There’s no quick fix to tackling climate change

    19 February 2020

    If local councils are to capitalise on the zeitgeist of the climate emergency then they need some serious money and new powers – and time is of the essence, argues Paul O’Brien.

  • The public want to see clear improvements across neighbourhood services

    05 December 2019

    Paul O'Brien says the public will be fairly unforgiving if, having raised their expectations on public spending during the election campaign, they don't start to see evidence of this happening locally..

  • Trust in councils is on the up

    04 December 2019

    Trust in councils is on the rise – reaching its highest level for three years.

  • Harnessing the climate change agenda for our future places

    03 December 2019

    Climate change is a challenge, but the trick will be to harness the agenda to redesign our towns and cities for the future, says Heather Jameson.

  • ‘Reform of this broken system cannot come soon enough’

    06 November 2019

    The first phase report of the Grenfell public inquiry may have focused on the weaknesses in the fire and rescue service’s response, but there was much for local authorities to take away, says Paul Marinko.

  • Austerity's toll on competency framework requirements

    09 October 2019

    If austerity is coming to an end then maybe it's time some of those who have held frontline services together got some reward and recognition for doing so, says Paul O'Brien.