Thursday 27 June 2019

The Future of Local Government and Public Services in the next Parliament

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.  Ahead of the 7 May 2015 General Election East Midlands Councils is providing an opportunity for its member authorities to hear directly from MPs and political commentators on their views of what the future holds for public service delivery.

East Midlands Councils is holding this flagship event on 21 November 2014, the event will provide an overview and update of current and emerging policies across the political spectrum ahead of the 2015 General Election, it is a not to be missed event for Councillors in the East Midlands.

Councillors will have the opportunity to hear from leading political thinkers, commentators and MPs on the future for local government, confirmed contributors so far to this event include Professor Tony Travers.  The event will be chaired by the political editor for BBC East Midlands John Hess.

Already over 160 people from across local government and the wider public sector have booked to attend.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from leading political thinkers, commentators and MPs on the future for local government.

The programme for this event can be accessed from here -The Future of Local Government Programme - 21 November 2014

Contributors confirmed include…

Kris Hopkins MP (Conservative)

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Graham Allen MP (Labour)

Chairman of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

Ben Lucas

Director of the 2020 Public Services Trust, Chair of Public Services at the RSA

Ben Lucas is Principal Partner at RSA2020 and Chair of Public Services at the RSA. Ben is a public policy and communications entrepreneur and has worked at the heart of the policy world for over three decades. He was previously founding Director of the 2020 Public Services Trust from its inception in 2008 to its winding up in 2011. Prior to this he was Head of Research and Communications for the construction union, UCATT; acted as Jack Straw’s adviser during the formative years of New Labour; and went on to co-found LLM Communications, a leading independent public affairs advisory firm in the UK. Ben has had a long interest in public services and local government and has been involved in policy making and practice development at every level in the sector.

Professor Tony Travers, LSE 

Tony Travers is a well-respected commentator on the public sector and local government. He is Director of LSE London, a research centre at the London School of Economics. He is also a Visiting Professor in the LSE’s Government Department. His key research interests include local and regional government and public service reform.

Cllr Jon Collins

Chair of East Midlands Councils, Leader of Nottingham City Council

Cllr Martin Hill OBE

Vice Chair of East Midlands Councils, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council

Cllr John Boyce

Leader of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council

The event will be chaired by the political editor for BBC East Midlands John Hess, Political Editor for BBC East Midlands.

Objectives

The event will

  • provide Councillors with an opportunity to engage directly with decision makers from the three main political parties
  • enable Councillors to highlight concerns, challenges and opportunities for Local Government in their communities
  • provide Councillors with an opportunity to inform the future direction of Public Services
  • provide an opportunity for Councillors to reflect with colleagues at a national and local level

Fringe events at The Future of Local Government event - 21 November

Housing after Lyons commission

An independent review commissioned by the Labour Party has looked at how 200,000 homes a year could be delivered in the UK. The Lyons Report, prepared by Sir Michael Lyons, identifies barriers to increasing housing supply and challenges decision makers to recognise that building homes for sale, while part of the solution, will not be enough on its own. The report focuses on investment in homes for shared ownership and private and social rent and the recognition that a range of providers working in partnership is vital to increasing the supply of new homes. A number of key recommendations for reforming the planning system are also detailed in the Report, including: reforms to increase delivery of land through local plans; adding a national spatial dimension to the NPPF; and allowing planning authorities to set planning fees locally on a full cost recovery basis.

Malcolm Sharpe, member of the Lyons Review Panel, will be holding a fringe meeting at the EMC event on The Future of Local Government and Public Services in the next Parliament on 21st November at Leicester City Football Club.

Venue

Leicester City Football Club

King Power Stadium

Filbert Way, Leicester, LE2 7FL

Timings

09:30 – 14:30

  • Registration from: 9:00
  • Political group meetings: 9:30
  • The main conference will start at 10:00 with lunch at 13:30.

Who should attend?

This event is essential for

  • East Midlands Councils Members
  • Council Leaders
  • Portfolio Holders
  • Group Leaders
  • Council Chief Executives
  • MPs
  • MEPs
  • Police and Crime Commissioners
  • as well as representatives from Business, Higher and Further Education, Voluntary and Community Sector and Housing Providers

Costs

The event is free to local authority members of East Midlands Councils. 

Places at this important event are limited and as such there will be a charge for non-attendance for those who have booked.  

How to book

To book your place at this event please contact Kirsty Lowe at East Midlands Councils, by contacting Kirsty.Lowe@emcouncils.gov.uk or 01664 502640

Upcoming Dates for this event