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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Someone at the Peterborough City Council clearly doesn't know his APSE from his elbow


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"...and the special award for prize fat spitting porkies goes to...."

This is not an April fool, but a prime example of a flea bitten dog driven mad and chasing its own tail. Please be seated, take any heart pills you may need, and read this very slowly: Debt laden Peterborough City Council has paid, using public funds,  a not for profit outfit, the grandly titled: Association for Public Service Excellence (we know a few of these) we repeat, using borrowed public funds, to enter a self-serving competition to say that it is excellent. YES EXCELLENT!!!!

Sadly the local newspaper has fallen for it and swallowed the PCC line... how on earth can this council even be considered for an award for service delivery, when its been a relentless campaign of slash and burn? Over £2 million blown on 'legal advice' for a solar farm project that few want. Childrens Centres closed, Care Homes Closed, Director Childrens Services rapidly exited, Bus Routes cut, huge eye-watering amounts spent on vanity projects including the Cereste Memorial Fountains & Small Dirty Boy Pigeon Wash. Long serving Librarians 'declared redundant', library hours curtailed. Hot meals on wheels cut.

The only thing that could be funnier is a picture of the Dear Leaders' big black beast parked straddling some double yellow lines in the City and the Dear Leaders twitter response...does anyone have this? Or perhaps Lord Rennard being allowed to rejoin the Lib Dems, after no action being taken, over the alleged attempted jiggy jiggy fumble at an Peterborough Hotel! Or the special naughty step award for a councillor with the worst council attendance ZERO! Or a special root vegetable award, for Cllr Travelling Turnip, (far too many citations to include here) or convicted Conservative key man Cllr Peter Hiller pleaded not guilty! Cheeky Monkey!

PCC has also been recently featured in Private Eye Rotten Boroughs Awards, the Cllr Sheila Scott radio interview 'car crash' award. Scruffy Cabinet member with a plan for failing childrens services but couldn't remember where she left it..

To be fair we would ask the PCC overpaid PR people to publish the submission to APSE in full and a tally of the 'manhours' diverted to concoct this fanciful document. Perhaps it could be the 'book' for the Key Theatre Christmas Pantomime ? Speaking of which how many times has Vivacity breached its original business plan? When was it supposed to be self-financing?

Amazingly Peterborough City Council has actually reached the short listing stage, the PBROTRIB bets that none of our over 2,000 blog posts have been included in the evidence to their chief executive Paul O’Brien.  We will of course be attempting to put this right, and no doubt our Rubbish Correspondent will be sending over a huge selection of his recent litter and fly tipping photographs marked for the attention of Mr Paul O'Brien at mbaines@apse.org.uk or call 0161 772 1810

 This is the original press release, read and gently weep:

Champions on Ice: Overall Council of the Year in Service Delivery 2014 Finalists

Champions on Ice: Overall Council of the Year in Service Delivery 2014 Finalists
Clearly a few publicly funded jollies for council workers and councillors already under their belts. But this year "its not all over until the fat lady sings..."

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) has announced the finalists councils in its annual award to recognise the best UK council as the ‘Overall Council of the Year in Service Delivery 2014’


With some 38 local authorities eligible for finalist status the APSE judging panel, following a rigorous analysis and scoring process, have narrowed the field to just ten local authorities.  The winner will be announced at Nottingham Ice Arena on Thursday 11 September 2014.

Announcing the finalists APSE chief executive Paul O’Brien  said ‘This was a tough call as this year’s submissions to the APSE service awards were truly outstanding. In spite of the challenges facing local government these deserving finalists have shown that the true spirit of municipal pride is alive and kicking. [not to mention screaming, deprivation and loss of overall control..] When we announce the winner at Nottingham Ice Arena it is fair to that these councils will represent the champions within local government. Striving to deliver excellence in public services and the best possible outcomes for local communities and local economies’. 

The finalists for the APSE Overall Council of the Year in Service Delivery 2014 are:-
  • Carmarthenshire County Council   
  • City of Edinburgh Council 
  • Fife Council
  • London Borough of Havering
  • North Ayrshire Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • Peterborough City Council
  • South Lanarkshire Council
  • Stockton on Tees Borough Council
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  • APSE is the Association for Public Service Excellence.
  • APSE is a not for profit local government organisation working with over 300 councils throughout the UK promoting excellence in frontline service
  • For further information or to arrange for interview please contact Mo Baines mbaines@apse.org.uk or call 0161 772 1810
  • The Service Awards dinner is a charity event in aid of Parkisons UK, APSE’s corporate charity and the Awards will be presented by Ice Dance Champion and international coach Maria Filippov  (?????????????) 



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