The Power of Local Government
20 Oct 2011
Bigger Powers, better buying, leaner working. 2nd Annual Conference. To be held at 76 Portland Place, London W1.

To achieve more with less, local authorities are now looking to identify new ways to make use of the power of general competence, freedom to innovate, and the ability to combine to create flexible financially-viable solutions for their localities.

Local government needs to adjust to the powers that localism gives them, learn how to mobilise new revenue streams, make the most of assets, use their procurement power more commercially, transfer risk over longer periods, recognise human capital and in some cases strategically reorganise. Lessons learned from previous recessions are also invaluable at this juncture, as are the models of best practice that are being employed by other local authorities and their partners.

This conference will challenge and inspire local authorities and partners by bringing together the most innovative leaders from the sector to share their unique approaches, and respond to the government’s new financial settlement.

Programme
09:50
Heather Jameson, Editor, The MJ
09:55
Baroness Hanham CBE, Department for Communities and Local Government
Keynote address: The power of localism

10:10
Questions and discussion: Baroness Hanham CBE
10:15
Cllr Peter Fleming, Chairman, LG Group Improvement Board
Cllr Peter Fleming, Chairman, LG Group Improvement Board

10:30
Joyce Redfearn CBE, Chief Executive, Wigan Council
Community Based Budgeting - pooling budgets locally to meet local needs

10:45
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:30
Tony Travers, Director, Greater London Group, London School of Economics
A time of rapid and major change: rewriting the contract between citizens and the state

11:45
Ged Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council
Ged Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council

12:00
Helen Bailey, Chief Executive, Local Partnerships
Helen Bailey, Chief Executive, Local Partnerships

12:15
Andrew Smith OBE, Chief Executive, Hampshire County Council
Efficiency and place-based asset management

13:00
Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Seminar 1: On-demand shared service projects – realising dramatic savings
Sponsored by Deloitte. Bill Hall, Associate Partner, Deloitte MCS; Richard Haynes, Director, Local Government, Deloitte MCS

14:00
Seminar 2: Use of technology in delivery of services – what are the new models for service delivery that can balance the need for effectiveness and delivery?
Heather Jameson, Deputy Editor, The MJ

15:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:15
Lord Michael Bichard, Fellow, Institute for Government
15:15
Colin Cram Managing Director, Marc1 Ltd
Introduction from Afternoon Chair

15:30
Sharon Kemp, Assistant Chief Executive (People), Manchester City Council
Enhancing and matching skills to roles: Manchester City Council's ‘m people’ success in improving services

15:45
Chris Bilsland, President, CIFPA; The Chamberlain and Finance Director, City of London
Chris Bilsland, President, CIPFA; The Chamberlain and Finance Director, City of London

16:00
Panel discussion: Beyond front-loading - developing a coherent long term vision for local government
Lord Michael Bichard, Director, Institute for Government; Sharon Kemp, Assistant Chief Executive (People), Manchester City Council; Zack Pandor, Director of Information and Transformation, Herefordshire Council and NHS Herefordshire; Chris Bilsland, President Elect, CIFPA; The Chamberlain and Finance Director, City of London.