The New Local Government Landscape
04 Dec 2007
This conference heard from a variety of senior figures involved in the current change process in local government. Delegates heard that authorities need the support of their politicians to drive through change and that reorganisation is all about outcomes – it will and must deliver better and more efficient services for citizens. Speakers also explored how local government must retain talent in the transition and that shared services don’t have to be delivered through partnerships with the private sector but can be done through public public partnerships.

Programme
David Rossington
Keynote address

Byron Davies
Two-tiers and unitaries: delivering the new local government

Paul Spencer
Two-tiers and unitaries: delivering the new local government

Question and answer session
The new landscape session

John Butler
Distributing assets and budgeting for transition

Brendon Hills
Addressing the people management challenge

John Gilbert
Ensuring smooth transition of back and front office operations: implications for shared services

Question and answer session
Managing the transition session

Richard Willis
Improving outcomes for communities

Cllr Elizabeth Harsant
Making reorganisation work for local democracy and voter engagement

Audience reaction

Paul Spencer
interview

Cllr Elizabeth Harsant
interview

Mike Burton - MJ Editor
interview

John Butler
interview