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15 January 2015

EMC Policy Briefing Programme for Councillors 2015-16

Local Government and public services have undergone substantial changes over the last 4 years, the outcome of the General Election in 2015 will further shape its future and direction.

The 2015-16 Regional Programme of Briefing events for Councillors will be designed specifically to support local authorities in the post General Election period. The programme will provide tailored policy information and update sessions across a range of areas such as Planning policy, Welfare Reform policy and Health.

The first event in the programme will be held in June 2015 and will provide initial analysis of what the outcomes of the General Election will mean for policy affecting local government and the public sector. 

The second event in the programme will focus on supporting new Councillors, through a policy overview event that will provide new Councillors with an opportunity to hear directly from policy experts on the areas of Welfare Reform, Housing policy and Planning.

The programme again will be made up of 6 separate briefing events, individually designed to be informative and topical for Councillors in the East Midlands.

2015/16 programme content and dates

24 June 2015 – What the outcomes of the General Election mean for Local Government and Public Services

The first event in the programme will provide initial analysis of what the outcomes of the General Election will mean for policy affecting local government and the public sector 

23 September 2015 – Key Policy Issues for Local Government

This event specifically for new Councillors will provide an overview of key policy issues for local government and will provide an opportunity to hear directly from policy experts on areas of Welfare Reform, Housing policy and Planning. 

6 November 2015 – Delivering Public Services in the new parliament

Understanding what the changes in Government mean for delivering public services in the new Parliament.

East Midlands Councils wishes to ensure that the programme remains topical and responsive and as such the content of the second half of the programme will be confirmed after the General Election results in May. The dates for these sessions are 2 December 2015, 28 January 2016 and 9 March 2016

If you would like to suggest a future topic for the programme please contact Kirsty Lowe.

Cost of the 2015/16 programme

The cost of the programme will remain the same as the 2014/15 programme, £500 for a local authority member of East Midlands Councils, which gives each local authority two places on each of the six events. Further places can be purchased at a discounted price of £40. 

Value for Money

The Regional Programme of Briefing events provides local authorities with access to continuing professional development for Councillors at an incredibly low cost. 

For subscribing members of the programme the cost for each place works out at just less than £42. This represents a saving of £2,500 on similar development opportunities.

Information on the programme and individual events can be found at

www.emcouncils.gov.uk/Councillor-Briefing-sessions

Who should attend the briefing sessions?

All councillors who wish to access a variety of experts and speakers to gain information, knowledge and practical advice on a range of emerging topics. Participants will be able to keep up to date and translate their learning back into their authority to help inform decision-making. 

What is the Regional Programme?

The Regional Programme of Briefing events, is a series of 6 low cost knowledge based events for councillors in the region.

What are the Benefits of the programme?

Subscribing members of the programme, will have benefitted from;

  • at least 12 members attending the 6 events
  • at least 80 hours of development
  • a cost saving of over £2,500

Membership of the programme

21 Local authorities subscribed to the 2014/15 programme.

Next steps

If you would like to subscribe to the 2015/16 programme please complete the accompanying proforma and return to Kirsty.lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk 

Feedback from delegates from the 2014-15 programme

  • "Very useful and very good”
  • “Excellent presentations”
  • “Good to know how businesses have coped with flooding – useful information”
  • “Very useful and informative”
  • “Great event – thank you” 

For further information - If you would like more information about the programme or details about the individual sessions, please contact Kirsty Lowe on Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk or call 01664 502 637.

To subscribe to the 2015/16 programme please complete the form below and return to Kirsty Lowe on Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk 

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