New Roles for Modern Members: Enhancing Local Democracy for Stronger Communities
3 February, 2003

One day national conference
Victoria Plaza Park Hotel, London SW1, Thursday 27 February

In recent years, the Government has introduced a series of initiatives – Best Value, Local Strategic Partnerships and, more recently, Comprehensive Performance Assessment – that have impacted directly on the roles and responsibilities of elected members. The development of such reforms has seen the introduction of cabinet-style structures, scrutiny committees and, in some authorities, directly elected mayors. All of this has contributed to a climate of change in local democracy, creating fresh challenges for all elected members.

Hosted by NLGN in association with the IDeA and the Association of London Government, this one day conference will examine how members are dealing with the new challenges. Hearing examples of current best practice and proposals for the future, plenary and workshop topics at the conference will include:

  • Making overview and scrutiny roles work

  • Encouraging greater diversity among members
  • Partnership working with officers and local partners
  • Issues of public expectations and accountability
  • Involving backbench & opposition councillors
  • CPA – the members role
  • Why members are crucial to new localism’s success

Speakers include:

Cllr Ken Bodfish OBE, Leader, Brighton & Hove CC; Cllr Rob Anderson, Leader, Slough Borough Council; Cllr Ruth Bagnall, Labour Group Leader, Cambridge City Council; Steven Pleasant, Head of Policy and Performance, Tameside MBC; Jane Martin, Executive Director, Centre for Public Scrutiny; Greg Parston, Chief Executive, Office for Public Management; Mike Pitt, President, SOLACE and Chief Executive, Kent County Council; Paul Wheeler, Associate Director, IDeA Solutions; Kris Hibbert, Principal Manager, Member Development, Association of London Government; Cllr Sonika Norwal, LB Ealing; Dan Corry, Executive Director, NLGN.

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Editors notes:

NLGN is an independent think-tank, seeking to transform public services, revitalise local political leadership and empower local communities.