St Peters Gardens — The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) and Ricardo-AEA have announced a joint research project to assess the impact of austerity measures on local authority waste and local environmental quality services. „Cuts in funding continue to impact upon local government and this study will investigate how local authorities across the UK and Ireland are responding, both now and in the future,“ explains CIWM’s Technical Manager Tracy Moffatt.
The study will look at the range of efficiency saving and improvement measures being implemented by authorities in areas such as collection scheme design, HWRC and bring bank provision, and partnership working. As well as identifying successful initiatives that have delivered significant saving and service improvements, it will explore the likely effect of further cuts on services in the future and the wider impact on local communities.
Comprising a large scale survey followed by more in-depth qualitative research including targeted interviews, the research will also seek the views of key organisations in the sector, and is due to be published towards the end of 2014.
„It is a pleasure to be working with CIWM as strategic partners on this important and topical issue. So many of our clients have suffered at the hands of budget cutbacks, and have been taking difficult decisions on services, priorities and future procurement routes,“ says Ricardo-AEA practice director Dr Adam Read.
And he added: „We have helped many of them to model the options and to take robust decisions, based on available data wherever possible, but we believe it is time to take stock and learn the lessons so that any future decision-making is based on real evidence and peer experience. We are delighted to be undertaking this assessment as local government across the UK enters the next critical stage of budget cuts and efficiency reviews.“
Source: Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)