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5–6 October, Belfast
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'Public Service Innovation – A New Era' takes place on 5 to 6 October in Belfast. It will not only introduce Northern Ireland’s public service professionals to new tools, techniques and exemplary cases of public sector creativity and innovation, but will also inspire and enable delegates to manage the unknown and help improve public services.
Current pressures on public services will only increase – unless we look to make changes for the long term. An ageing population, reduced resources and a focus on treatment of the causes of service demands – rather than prevention and cure – all place the future financial sustainability of some services in serious doubt.
In Northern Ireland the current public service environment has been characterised by governance failures and faltering public trust. Coupled with Brexit, the fragility of political institutions here and a lack of multi-year budgets and plans all add up to uncertainty and a lack of a clear achievable strategic vision for our public services.
Planning for the long term in this environment may be harder then ever but this is exactly what is required. We need to strategically plan for long-term outcomes for citizens in Northern Ireland. Leaders and deliverers of our public services need to reaffirm the principles of good governance, sound financial management and innovation.
This requires new, proactive and flexible longer-term approaches to providing citizen-centred public services. We need to build on progress made to date and plot out a road map to deliver achievable outcomes if our public services are to remain financially sustainable in the future.
Over the last 26 years the CIPFA Northern Ireland conference has built a reputation for raising topical issues, providing leadership, challenging the status quo and exposing good practice to an influential public service audience.
As usual, we recognise that each conference delegate will have their own professional interests and requirements. This means we have designed a conference programme that enables delegates to choose from a wide range of plenary sessions and dedicated workshops to plan their own conference experience. Our programme, speaker bios and booking will be live shortly.
Also at the 2017 conference is the annual presentation of the Northern Ireland Public Finance Awards, recognising the achievement of finance professionals, finance teams and innovation in public finance. This is an increasingly important way to inspire and motivate the profession by recognising and rewarding public finance excellence. More details and submission online soon.
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