Key Points
  • Updates relating to local government potential finance reforms and sector standards
  • Sharing routes to expand local government investment strategies and commercialisation
  • Best practice on balancing financial sustainability and fiscal responsibility
  • Showcasing strategies for decreasing financial wastage and driving financial efficiency in local government
  • Overcoming the local government financial challenges with effective long-term financial planning
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Overview
Confirmed Speakers:

  • Moderated by Adrian Jenkins, Founder/Chief Analyst and Chair, Pixel Financial Management and Financial Advisory Service
  • Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountability (CIPFA)
  • Vicky Davis, Director for Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office
  • Martin Reeves, Chief Executive Officer, Coventry City Council
  • Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE, Leader & Board Member, Stevenage Borough Council & District Council Network (DCN)
  • Terry Collier, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer, Spelthorne Borough Council
  • Alex Thompson, Director of Finance (s151 Officer) & lead Advisor for Finance, Cheshire East Council & SCTNET
  • Cllr Peter Fleming OBE, Chair of LGA Improvement and Innovation Board & Leader, Local Government Association (LGA) & Sevenoaks District Council

    Use this event to contribute toward your Continuing Professional Development

    Westminster Insight’s interactive Local Government Finance Digital Conference will bring local authority finance professionals together to collectively source solutions and share ideas on how to achieve financial sustainability in the medium to long-term.

    Get an update on the implications of the Spending Review on local government finances. Our expert speakers will showcase how councils are managing risk and increasing efficiency, whilst taking steps to plug funding gaps through commercial income generation and investment strategies.

    Join us to receive updates relating to local government financial reforms, priorities for local government finances and financial reporting standards. Gain practical advice on effective long-term financial planning and successfully navigate reductions in council tax revenue, business rate reliefs and budget shortfalls.

    The full-day event will be delivered live from a custom digital platform. Included in this event are two moderated workshops and three networking breaks. Choose from two workshops for district and county councils - share solutions to challenges specific to your organisation and locale. Access the on-demand conference sessions for 14 days after the event.

    * NAO March 2021 Report: Local Government Finance in the Pandemic

Agenda
Start

10:00 - 10:30
Extended Chair's Opening Remarks

 
  • Overview of the scheduled programme, sessions available to delegates and allotted network breaks throughout the day 
  • Outlining the challenges threatening local government financial stability in England 
  • Sharing priorities relating to local government finance 
  • Discussing local government financial reforms
Questions and Discussions (10:20 - 10:30)

Speakers

Adrian Jenkins Founder/Chief Analyst and Chair, Pixel Financial Management and Financial Advisory Service

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10:30 - 11:00
Priorities Relating to Local Government Finance

 
  • Implications of the 2021 Spending review on local government
  • 2022/23 local government finance settlement
  • The Financial impact of COVID-19 on local government
  • Local government financial reforms and what that means for local government going forward
Questions and Discussion (10:50– 11:00)

11:00 - 11:10
Break

 

11:10 - 11:50
Strengthening Resilience and Financial Management Practice in Local Government

 
  • Exploring CIPFA’s recommendations and vision for how councils should generate revenue and engage in commercial activity   
  • Sharing updates on proposals to strengthen the prudential code and a ‘yellow card’ mechanism to mitigate financial failures in local government 
  • Adopting learnings from the CIPFA financial management model to ensure public money is stretched and build financial resilience
Questions and Discussion (11:35 – 11:50)

Speakers

Rob Whiteman CBE Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountability (CIPFA)

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11:45 - 12:15
Balancing Financial Sustainability and Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

 
  • Contextualising the pressures of COVID-19 on local government finances and increased commercialisation within the sector 
  • Managing the increased risks of expanded investments and income streams to retain a culture of fiscal responsibility within the sector
Questions and Discussion (12:05 – 12:15)

Speakers

Vicky Davis Director of Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office

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12:15 - 12:45
Networking Break

 
During this session you will be automatically matched with another attendee, and you will start a video chat. When the time expires, you are matched again with another colleague. You may extend your networking session and exchange digital business cards. 

12:45 - 13:30
Lunch Break

 

13:30 - 14:30
Panel Discussion: Expanding Investment Strategies, Commercialisation and Treasury Management

 
  • Exploring common areas in which county, district and unitary councils already have and expect to secure savings in the coming financial years
  • Discussing the barriers, common challenges and solutions to expanding current investment strategies
  • Sharing examples of successful case studies involving commercialisation
  •  Adopting effective treasury management practice to leverage a traditionally untapped resource in local government
Moderated by Adrian Jenkins, Founder/Chief Analyst and Chair, Pixel Financial Management and Financial Advisory Service

Speakers

Martin Reeves Chief Executive Officer of Coventry City Council & National Spokesperson on Local Government Finance SOLACE

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Cllr Peter Fleming OBE Leader of Sevenoaks Council and Chair of the Local Government Associations Improvement Board

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Terry Collier Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer, Spelthorne Borough Council

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14:30 - 14:40
Break

 

14:40 - 15:25
Workshop: Tackling Financial Challenges - County Councils

 
Share challenges specific to your organisation and locale.  

This session will also feature discussions on financial matters relating to adult and children’s social care.
 

This session will serve as a venue for the exchange of ideas and the sourcing of solutions collaboratively with the session leader.


Speakers

Alex Thompson Director of Finance (s151 Officer) & Lead Advisor for Finance, Cheshire East Council & Society of County Treasurers Network (SCT

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14:40 - 15:25
Workshop: Tackling Financial Challenges - District Councils

 
Share challenges specific to your organisation and locale.  

This session will also feature discussions on business rates, council tax and other fees and charges to support revenue generation strategies.
 

This session will serve as a venue for the exchange of ideas and the sourcing of solutions collaboratively with the session leader.


Speakers

Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE Leader of Stevenage Borough Council & Board Member of the District Council Network (DCN)

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15:25 - 15:30
Chair's Closing Remarks

 
Head back to the mainstage for the chair’s closing remarks

Speakers

Adrian Jenkins Founder/Chief Analyst and Chair, Pixel Financial Management and Financial Advisory Service

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End

Speakers

Terry Collier Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer, Spelthorne Borough Council

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Vicky Davis Director of Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office

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Cllr Peter Fleming OBE Leader of Sevenoaks Council and Chair of the Local Government Associations Improvement Board

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Adrian Jenkins Founder/Chief Analyst and Chair, Pixel Financial Management and Financial Advisory Service

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Martin Reeves Chief Executive Officer of Coventry City Council & National Spokesperson on Local Government Finance SOLACE

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Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE Leader of Stevenage Borough Council & Board Member of the District Council Network (DCN)

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Alex Thompson Director of Finance (s151 Officer) & Lead Advisor for Finance, Cheshire East Council & Society of County Treasurers Network (SCT

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Rob Whiteman CBE Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountability (CIPFA)

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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