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APSE Awards – 2021 – Best Service Team: Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Regulatory Services (Caerphilly CBC) 

22 June 2022 13:51:00 Categories: Awards Awards (Workforce) Caerphilly COVID-19

The APSE Awards are to recognise the best in public services and to share that best practice with all. In 2021 APSE received an overwhelming 320 submissions for the Awards, with each one demonstrating a clear commitment to the goals of continuous improvement and the delivery of excellence in public services. The APSE Awards are specific to frontline services provided by UK local authorities. The Awards are agreed by a panel of expert judges.

 

Caerphilly County Borough Council were shortlisted for the Award for Best Service Team: Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Regulatory Services, for their Contact Tracing Service.

 

The Councils Test, Trace and Protect team was created in unprecedented times to deliver community based contact tracing, employing local people to support the community during the pandemic.

The aim of the service was to work collaboratively to set up a Contact Tracing service to assist the social and economic recovery of our communities, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care teams. Caerphilly started its service with a team of forty redeployed staff using a remote working model.

The team now operate a high performing, sophisticated contact tracing service, which is vital to our Covid response and offering comprehensive support and advice to our citizens to assist them in complying with self-isolation requirements to help to keep our communities safe.

APSE Awards – 2021 – Best Service Team: Catering Service (Caerphilly CBC) 

22 June 2022 13:31:00 Categories: Awards Awards (Workforce) Caerphilly COVID-19

The APSE Awards are to recognise the best in public services and to share that best practice with all. In 2021 APSE received an overwhelming 320 submissions for the Awards, with each one demonstrating a clear commitment to the goals of continuous improvement and the delivery of excellence in public services. The APSE Awards are specific to frontline services provided by UK local authorities. The Awards are agreed by a panel of expert judges.

Caerphilly County Borough Council won the award for Best Service Team: Catering Service, for the response to delivering free school meals during the pandemic.

In March 2020, the Welsh Government announced that all schools would close with immediate effect due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Caerphilly County Borough Council was faced with the challenge of how they would provide a service to over 6,243 Free School Meals pupils.

The local authority catering team showed true entrepreneurship, creativity and strong leadership skills by implementing a FSM home delivery service that involved partnership working with local suppliers and over 20 service areas within the authority.

APSE Awards – 2021 - Best Service Team: Sports, Leisure and Cultural Services (Caerphilly CBC) 

22 June 2022 13:02:00 Categories: Awards Awards (Workforce) Caerphilly COVID-19

The APSE Awards are to recognise the best in public services and to share that best practice with all. In 2021 APSE received an overwhelming 320 submissions for the Awards, with each one demonstrating a clear commitment to the goals of continuous improvement and the delivery of excellence in public services. The APSE Awards are specific to frontline services provided by UK local authorities. The Awards are agreed by a panel of expert judges.

Caerphilly County Borough Council were shortlisted for the award for Best Service Team: Sports, Leisure and Cultural Services, for the teams incredible attitude towards redeployment during the pandemic.

During a period of unprecedented challenge, the Sport & Leisure Services Team in Caerphilly did not only continue to deliver a broad and diverse range of outstanding sport and active recreation opportunities but have flexed and mobilised its resources to support the Councils’ response to Covid-19.

Pembrokeshire Supported Employment - A Programme for All (Pembrokeshire CC) 

Pembrokeshire County Council were shortlisted for a ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ LGC award in 2021 for their Supported Employment programme.  The programme began back in 2018 when as part of a comprehensive engagement and consultation process to develop a Learning Disability Strategy, people with learning disabilities and autism told the Council that they wanted more opportunities for paid employment.  The first employment opportunity was to employ Learning Disability Champions to work with both officers within Pembrokeshire County Council and third sector partners to develop and implement the actions against the strategy. The programme is innovative not because individual elements are new or untried but because it has bought together a number of tried and tested methods into a strategic programme that aligns objectives across a number of agendas.  The programme is a partnership between the local authority, the local health board and key third sector partners.  The programme is a key component of the Council’s equality action plan, driving an increase in disability employment across the local authority not just in the programme itself.  From employing 25 people with disability in 2017, today Pembrokeshire County Council employs over 65 people with disability in its supported employment programme. 

 

Shortlisted – LGC Awards 2021

MeUs – Working Together to Develop Brilliant Leaders (Caerphilly CBC and Gwent Police) 

22 June 2022 11:47:00 Categories: Caerphilly Leadership (Partnership) Leadership (Workforce)

Caerphilly Council and Gwent Police have joined forces to launch an innovative joint leadership programme aimed at developing a new generation of bold and innovative leaders.

The initiative, called ‘MeUs’, was launched on Wednesday 7th July 2021 by Jane Hutt, Minister for Social Justice.

MeUs is the brainchild of Christina Harrhy (CCBC Chief Executive) and Pam Kelly (Chief Constable of Gwent Police) who share an aspiration to develop an ambitious leadership programme to ensure senior managers are equipped with the highest levels of skills and competencies.

Eight employees from across both organisations will form the first ever cohort to take part in the programme – four from Caerphilly council and four from Gwent Police. The 12 month leadership programme will be delivered by the University of South Wales and the initial consort will be instrumental in helping to shape the direction and content of the course for participants in future.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions – Energy (Bridgend CBC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Bridgend County Borough Council is in the process of developing the Bridgend Town Heat Network  to reduce energy consumption through heating buildings. The Council has established a subsidiary company which will be 100% owned by the authority and enable them to access a £1 million grant from the UK Government to constitute part of the £3.4 million capital budget required for the first phase of the network.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions - Buildings (Wrexham CBC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Wrexham’s Community Health and Wellbeing facility  is due to open in 2022. This is a 1970s Office Block utilising a ‘fabric first’ approach to thermal efficiency and establishing photovoltaic panels on the roof.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions - Buildings (Carmarthenshire CC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Carmarthenshire County Council has partnered with Ameresco , an energy service company, to identify a range of measures to reduce carbon emissions across the authority’s estate. Phase 1 of the project is projected to save 675 tonnes CO2e each year.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions – Land-use and place-based approaches (Vale of Glamorgan) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Vale of Glamorgan Council  obtained Local Nature Partnerships Cymru  funding Projects to develop a Green Living Wall on the BSC2 building in Barry. The project will improve biodiversity and offer greater access to Green Infrastructure. The project is expected to extract approximately 41 kilos CO2e per annum.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions – Land-use and place-based approaches (Torfaen CBC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Torfaen County Borough Council –has consulted with Natural Resources Wales to identify opportunities for better land management approaches including the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping  to identify opportunities for carbon sequestration. This has informed a Torfaen Public Service Board Green Infrastructure Strategy  for all publicly owned land in Torfaen.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions - Buildings (Torfaen CBC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Torfaen County Borough Council is working with two of the main housing associations in the area Melin Homes  and BronAfon to decarbonise their housing stock.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions - Buildings (Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has plans to utilise heating from Taff's Well Thermal Spring  to heat rooms in FfynnonTaf Primary School at an estimated cost of £3 million. The plan forms part of a wider project to use Wales’ only natural thermal spring as the basis for heating buildings in the local area.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions – Land-use and place-based approaches (Powys CC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Powys County Council is using a place planning approach to focus on carbon, climate adaptation and biodiversity. This new town approach is set to be replicated in 9 other towns across Powys. 

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions – Transport (Pembrokeshire CC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Pembrokeshire County Council is undertaking £4.5 million research and pilot into the potential for Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The project is being undertaken as part of the wider two-year Milford Haven: Energy Kingdom project.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions - Buildings (Neath Port Talbot) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Neath Port Talbot County Borough  Council  is leading on the £505 million Homes as Power Stations  project on behalf of the Swansea Bay City Deal. The five-year project is expected to future proof at least 10,300 properties through installation of energy efficient design and technology in both new builds and retrofits.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions – Heat Network (Gwynedd) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Gywnedd Council has commissioned a feasibility study Low carbon and affordable heat study in Tanygrisiau  including the option to retrofit a district heat network. . If successful, the scheme may be replicated in other local quarrying communities

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions – Solar Farm (Flintshire CC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Flintshire County Council  has commissioned four large-scale solar farms in a bid to reduce authority emissions. Two of the sites represent a £3.1 million investment in 9,000 solar panels which are project to save 800 tonnes CO2e per annum.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions – Procurement (Denbighshire CC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Denbighshire County Council is using a micro business approach to decarbonisation as part of the business case for social care grants in neighbourhood schemes.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions – Procurement (Conwy CBC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Conwy County Borough Council is working with CLES - the national organisation for local economies, to inform its scope 3 baseline as part of the Council’s Net Zero Supply Chain project.

Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review Interventions - Buildings (Conwy CBC) 

The Welsh Local Government Decarbonisation Planning Review on the current state of Decarbonisation Planning in Welsh Local Government analysed interventions listed in councils’ Decarbonisation plans were according to four priority areas including Buildings, Mobility and Transport, Procurement, and Land Use. These areas reflect the priority areas identified by Welsh Government Net Zero Carbon 2030 for public sector.  

 

Conwy County Borough Council  is developing a strategy to rationalise current office space and staff commuting through the “Future of Office Working” project – a collaboration between the Council’s Human Resources, Asset Management departments and workforce.

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