Community Budgeting
08 Dec 2011

Twitter: #budgeting11

The Progress Report

Since its inception, much has been speculated about the true value and future of community budgeting.

This unique conference provides the opportunity to hear a progress report from many of the 16 pilot areas. As Government sets about rolling community budgets across the country, this conference provides a perfect opportunity for future stakeholders to learn from those already well into the implementation.

Why you must view this event:

* Get an honest account from many of the 16 pilot areas on what works and what doesn't;

* Hear from the Leader of Kent County Council, a community budget pilot area on how to successfully implement the pooled budget approach;

* Assess the savings made by Blackpool Borough Council through their integrated service approach.

Michael Burton, Editorial Director, The MJ
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

Tony McArdle, Chief Executive, Lincolnshire County Council,
Tackling complex family problems

Paul Carter, Leader, Kent County Council
Gaining Traction - making community budgets happen

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Merle Davies, Head of Community & Early Intervention, Blackpool Borough Council
Case Study: Unblocking the blocks - why community budgets?

Thanos Morphitis, Director of Strategy and Commissioning, London Borough of Islington
Case Study: A whole system approach

Nuala O’Rourke, Programme Manager, Wigan Council
Case Study:

Cllr David Parsons CBE, Leader of the Council, Leicestershire County Council
Case Study: Community budgets - learning for the future

Panel Debate: What advice would you give to second round community budget pilots? What lessons have been learnt so far?
Introduction provided by: Dan Gascoyne, Assistant Director of Corporate Strategy, Policy and Partnerships, Essex County Council

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Nick Dexter, Deputy Director for Community Budgets, Department for Communities and Local Government
Round table one: Rolling out and funding community budgets

Nick Lawrence, Deputy Director Families with Multiple Problems Division, Department for Education
Round table two Community budgets at their core: families with multiple problems

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Bridget Kerrigan, Project Manager, Birmingham City Council
Case study:

Mike More, Chief Executive, Westminster City Council
Case Study: Joint commissioning from providers on the basis of effectiveness and value for money

Dan Gascoyne, Assistant Director for Partnership Delivery, Essex County Council
Case Study: Systems approaches to community budgets

Questions and discussion: Session 4
Close of conference