Going Digital: Scotland's Future Public Services


by Don Peebles, Head of Devolved Governments, CIPFA

Some 18 years after devolution, the Scotland of the future continues to evolve. That future increasingly will be reliant upon digital technology to disrupt, reshape and ultimately reform our public services. That future will however still be reliant upon public money and the ingenuity of Scotland’s leading people.

In 2017 Scotland’s politicians and decision-makers will gather in St Andrews on 30 -31 March  at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews for what is the biggest and main public sector conference in Scotland. 

Whether a senior politician, public service manager, finance expert or student, the annual CIPFA Scotland Finance Public Conference has been designed to enable you to glimpse into our future public services.

The conference will examine our public finances through the lens of an increasingly digital future. We will examine the link between the digital revolution, public money and our public services. Exceptionally however, the conference programme has been specifically designed to enable delegates to understand and be part of the political and technological direction our services are taking.

This two-day conference offers a blended programme enabling business to be conducted, inspiration gained and includes the CIPFA conference social scene which is an essential component for all delegates.

Two days of inspirational discussion, new ideas, practical advice and social networking will be the focus for nearly three hundred of Scotland’s decision-makers and partners.

Although our digital future is a common backdrop, the conference will of course take place in a post-Brexit world where the consequences of the historic referendum vote continue to evolve. Meanwhile Scotland continues with the implementation of new powers and availability of public funding which continues to be restricted.

This means that Scotland’s future is being shaped increasingly not only through new ideas and a new digital agenda, but by linking citizens to public services in a different way. The conference will also ensure that the importance of people, whether staff or citizens, in receipt of public services remain in the forefront of our minds. The combination of Scotland’s people and exciting new technology can allow us to progress towards excellent public services.

The conference format will include a wide choice for delegates based on five separate streams: people, going digital, public services, finance and a dedicated young professionals' stream. This will enable you to select a personal conference journey which meets with each delegate’s professional requirements. 

I look forward to welcoming you in March to two days which will prove to be insightful, innovative, positive and forward-looking. 

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