Treasury Chief Secretary to Address NLGN Annual Conference – ‘New Localism: How to Deliver Change, Innovation and Choice’
19 December, 2002

Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London SW1

Thursday 23 January 2003

Rt Hon Paul Boateng MP, Chief Secretary, HM Treasury

Since the launch in November of the NLGN report New Localism: refashioning the centre-local relationship, the concept of new localism has become key to debates about the delivery of public services. Senior figures from across the political spectrum have championed the idea and the Government has recently announced that high performing local authorities are to be given radical freedoms from central control, allowing them increased flexibility and resources. Similar reforms are being proposed in health, education and other policy areas.

Supported by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, this major event – NLGN’s first annual conference – will bring together key stakeholders from across all sectors to determine what new localism really means for those charged with delivering improved public services on the ground.

Key conference themes include:

  • Does Central Government Know How to Let Go?

  • Does Local Government Have the Capacity to Deliver New Localism?

  • New Localism & Choice – Public Consultation Issues

  • Is New Localism Left or Right Wing?

  • How Can New Localism Create Sustainable Communities?

  • Schools and Community Regeneration

  • Health & Local Government Partnerships: How Can New Localism Improve Performance?

  • New Localism: Crime, Communities and Community Cohesion

  • Community Safety Measures: Police & Local Government Working Together

Other speakers include:

  • Dr Wendy Thomson, Prime Minister’s Adviser, Office of Public Services Reform
  • Andrew Foster, Controller, Audit Commission
  • Jitinder Kohli, Head of Community Cohesion Unit, Home Office
  • Anna Coote, Director of Public Health, King’s Fund

  • Lord Warner of Brockley, Chairman, Youth Justice Board for England & Wales

  • Cllr Sandy Bruce Lockhart, Leader, Kent County Council & Vice Chair, LGA
  • Ben Page, Director of Social Research Institute, MORI
  • Joe Montgomery, Director General, Neighbourhood Renewal Unit
  • Richard Humphries, Director of Health & Social Care Agent Team,Dept. of Health
  • Jane Martin, Director, Centre for Public Scrutiny
  • Tony Wright MP, Chair, House of Commons Public Administration Committee
  • Chris Huhne, Liberal Democrat MEP
  • Dan Corry, Executive Director, NLGN

A full agenda for ‘New Localism: How to Deliver Change, Innovation and Choice’ can be found in the ‘News’ area.

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New Localism: refashioning the centre-local relationship by Dan Corry and Gerry Stoker is available from York Publishing Services (price £10 plus £1.25 p+p). Tel: 01904 431213. Fax: 01904 430868. E-mail:

On 15 February 2003, NLGN is hosting an event at Labour Party Spring Conference Localism, health and local government: devolving power and responsibility. Speakers include Rt Hon Alan Milburn MP, Secretary of State for Health, Angela Eagle MP and Cllr Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council. Full details will be available shortly.