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Ongoing austerity – How the sector continues to deliver
The Local Government Finance Conference 2017 will offer delegates the opportunity to listen to topical policy debates and hear the comments of leading strategic thinkers.
This year's event addresses key topics such as commercialism, technology in financial reporting and financial sustainability, all delivered by key figures across local government and beyond.
12 June 2017Starts: 10:00Ends: 15:30
RBS280 BishopsgateLondonEC2M 4RB[See map]
£245.00 excl VAT
£195.00 excl VAT
The need for local government to make further savings or generate new revenue streams continues. And with the ‘easy wins’ now largely exhausted for most, authorities must become far more innovative when looking to balance the books. CIPFA continues to work closely with authorities to identify such efficiencies and we are delighted to share some of these options with practitioners, through our main conference event for the year.
CIPFA is committed to helping local authorities deliver their services in accordance with current budget constraints, and thus avoid the risk of an unbalanced budget and a Section 114 notice during current times of austerity.
This conference sets out some of the specific initiatives and efficiency/income generation options that the Institute has either been involved with, or supported across the sector.
From Rob Whiteman, CIPFA Chief Executive, well-known commentator and writer on public services.
The Assured Managed Services session will not only help identify significant cost reduction options but will also help authorities with the earlier closedown required by the Accounts & Audit Regulations.
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Rob Whiteman has been CEO since September 2013. Before joining the Institute, he was a senior civil servant who worked as the Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency and had previously led the Improvement & Development Agency. Prior to this he was CEO of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Director of Resources at the London Borough of Lewisham.
Cliff is a CIPFA qualified accountant with over 20 years’ local government experience covering all authority types across the North of England.
Sean has 30 years' experience in various finance roles including the role of treasurer in two county councils and chief finance officer in a fire authority. He is a former President of the Association of Local Authority Treasurer Societies (ALATs), the Society of County Treasurers (SCT), and was President of the Police and Crime Commissioners Treasurers Society (PACCTS). Sean was appointed CIPFA's Director of Local Government and Policing in June 2016.
Judith is an experienced public sector lawyer and manager who provides strategic advice and consultancy support for local authorities and other public sector bodies as well as legal advice and assistance, usually at the highest levels, requiring political awareness and sensitivity.
She is a team player and worked in-house for over 15 years before joining the private sector. Her last role in local government was as Borough Secretary and Solicitor for Greenwich Council managing a team of 150 staff across a dozen functions including contracts standards and monitoring, equalities, community safety and emergency planning, democratic services, elections and legal. Before that Judith was Head of Legal Services for Lewisham Council and prior to that was Assistant Head of Legal and Principal Economic Development Solicitor for Kirklees Council where she was involved in innovative projects including Kirklees Stadium, Kirklees Henry Boot Partnership, Kirklees Community Association and Kirklees Theatre.
Vicki has worked for CIPFA since 2012, first as a FAN Advisor and now in consultancy. She provides bespoke support to local authorities in a wide range of areas, such as technical accounting, financial management and budget planning, HRA advisory, business case creation and review, and soft skill development and recruitment. She also delivers training courses and contributes to various CIPFA publications, including authoring the Local Authority Capital Accounting Reference Manual.
Aileen is responsible for delivering value for money work for the Department for Communities and Local Government. She is also responsible for the NAO's reports on local government in England. Aileen has been with the NAO for over ten years and her expertise is evident from her many published articles as well as her speaking engagements. She has written articles on managing demand, money and quality and commissioning with the voluntary and community sector.
Rachael heads up the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, the UK’s first centre of excellence that provides tools, support, training and thought leadership for counter fraud professionals across the public services.