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
  • 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
  • Cllr Peter Fleming OBE, Chair of LGA Improvement and Innovation Board & Leader, Local Government Association (LGA) & Sevenoaks District Council

    The full list of speakers will be announced shortly.

    75% of local authorities reported funding gaps in their financial forecasts for 2021 – 2022*, following a decade of austerity and increased demand for services. Councils are facing unprecedented challenges to find the balance between fiscal responsibility and continued delivery of integral local services.

    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 Moderator'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

Speakers

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

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10:30 - 11:00
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 
  • Evaluating the implications of the 2021 Spending Review on local government finances 
  • Managing the increased risks of expanded investments and income streams to retain a culture of fiscal responsibility within the sector
Questions and Discussion (10:50 – 11:00)

Speakers

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

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11:00 - 11:20
Networking Break

 
Network with your colleagues on the digital platform

11:20 - 11:45
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 (11:40– 11:45)

11:45 - 12:10
Maximising and Managing Revenue Generation Through Income, Fees and Charges

 
  • The impact of the future business rates on local government’s ability to balance budgets 
  • Challenges and solutions for increased levels of council tax debt 
  • Examples of non-statutory fees and charges local government can levy to support with revenue generation strategies
Questions and Discussion (12:05– 12:10)

12:10 - 12:40
Lunch Break

 

12:40 - 13:10
Networking Break

 
Network with your colleagues on the digital platform

13:10 - 13:50
Panel Discussion: Identifying Areas to Secure Savings and Drive Financial Efficiency

 
Exploring common areas in which county, district and unitary councils expect to secure savings in the coming years. Bring your questions and ask our experts. Examples will include instances of generating savings, increasing operational efficiency, and decreasing financial wastage through reduced spend.    

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

13:50 - 14:30
Panel Discussion: Expanding Investment Strategies, Commercialisation and Treasury Management

 
  • The barriers, common challenges and solutions to expanding current investment strategies 
  • Examples of successful case studies involving commercialisation 
  • Adopting effective treasury management practice
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 - 14:50
Networking Break

 
Network with your colleagues on the digital platform

14:50 - 15:25
Workshop: Tackling Financial Challenges - District Councils

 
Share challenges specific to your organisation and locale during this moderated session.  

Exchange ideas and source 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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14:50 - 15:25
Workshop: Tackling Financial Challenges - County Councils

 
Share challenges specific to your organisation and locale during this moderated session.  

Join discussions on financial matters relating to adult and children’s social care.
 

Exchange ideas and source solutions collaboratively with the session leader.

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

 
Head back to the mainstage for the moderator’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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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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