Community Based Budgeting
10 Feb 2011
The Next Step in Total Place. National Conference held at Westminster Studio, London

Strategically timed for just before the inception of the 16 community budget pilots, this conference built on experience of what works - and what doesn’t - while setting out the future of community based budgeting. Delegates had the opportunity to hear from sector leaders, academics and the Government who informed on best practice and future policy developments.

Programme
09:50
Michael Burton, Editor, The MJ
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

10:00
Bob Neill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government
Video address: the future of community budgeting

10:15
Lord Nat Wei, Government Chief Adviser on Big Society
Community Budgets and the Big Society: getting residents involved in designing and running their public services and pooling budgets at a community level

10:30
Lucy Makinson, Director for Local Government Efficiency, Department for Communities and Local Government
Community Based Budgets: greater aggregation and simplification among the existing multitude of budgets and bureaucracies

10:45
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:30
Adam Fineberg, Independent and Local Improvement Advisor
Learning Lessons: community budgets, enhanced outcomes and realising efficiencies - what's required to meet the challenges

11:50
1 - Tom Stannard, Director of Policy and Communications, Blackburn with Darwin Borough Council
Case Study: experience from a community based budget pilot area

12:00
2 - Tom Stannard, Director of Policy and Communications, Blackburn with Darwin Borough Council
Case Study: Experience from a community based budget pilot area

12:10
Mike More, Chief Executive, Westminster City Council
Empowering Citizens and Communities: a move away from command-and-control provision to more citizen-driven mechanisms

12:30
Panel Debate: are community budgets simply the
Adam Fineberg, Local Improvement Advisor, Independent Advisor Ben Lucas, Director, 2020 Public Services Trust Tom Stannard, Director of Policy and Communications, Blackburn with Darwin Borough Council Mike More, Chief Executive, Westminster City Council

13:00
Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Ben Lucas, Director, 2020 Public Services Trust
Budget setting: ensuring local public spending matches local social priorities

14:15
Ian Keys, Advisor to the Strategic Commissioning Beacons and CLG
Outcome commissioning: resting commissioning responsibility with locally accountable bodies

14:35
Bethan Evans, Partner and Head of Communities and Local Government, Bevan Brittan
Community budgets: the delivery solutions

14:50
Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council, Chair of Regional Leaders' Forum and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities
The need for accountable local leaders: rebuilding trust in democratic accountability through community based budgets

15:10
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:20
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:50
Seminar 1: Tackling worklessness through community based budgets
Sarah McDonnell, Project Manager/Senior Researcher, OPM Dr Robin Clarke, Fellow, OPM

15:50
Seminar 2: The original community budget: the Local Integrated Services Model
Richard Kramer, Director of Connected Care, Turning Point

16:40
Michael Burton, Editor MJ
Summary of the event