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ENHANCED ROLE FOR APSE COUNCILLORS

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The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), has established a forum for elected members. The association ...
The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), has established a forum for elected members. The association believes that members can play a more active role in policy development and that the new group will help councillors to keep up with legislative and other changes. The group will concentrate on developing policy on major issues and encouraging members to share best practice with colleagues.

Cllr Dave McLuckie, a member of APSE's executive committee, chair of its Northern Region and executive member of Redcar and Cleveland BC said: 'APSE believes in helping councils to continually improve on service delivery. Now we are creating an opportunity for councillors, whose role it is to lead change, to influence the thinking of one of the UK's leading local government groups. Councillors' views will be fed back to central government through APSE's lobbying activity whilst their capacity to lead service improvement in their own authorities will be enhanced.'

The new forum compliments the work of 11 existing 'advisory groups', consisting of officers, councillors and trade unionists. It is open to elected members from all of APSE's 250 or so member authorities across the UK.

Agendas will be sent out soon for the next meeting to be held in Manchester on 28 March. The meeting will be concentrating on how proposed and actual legislation in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales is likely to affect future service delivery and the role that members play.

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