NLGN Annual Conference: A New Deal for Local Devolution?

22 January 2008, Church House, Westminster, London


Never has local devolution been more relevant, held more potential or required such detailed planning. But what does it mean in practice and what are the implications for local government?

NLGN’s 2008 Annual Conference, in partnership with LGC, will explore the major policy developments and their impact for the forthcoming year. We have brought together an unrivalled forum of Government Ministers and local government leaders, policy makers, executives and practitioners to evaluate the future for local devolution policies. Be informed of and prepare for key developments for the year ahead alongside those shaping the agenda.

Be aware of the latest thinking and get up to speed with a range of vital issues, including:

  • Making decisions at the right level – will more services actually be devolved?
  • Implications for devolved financial frameworks, post CSR
  • What will public service assessment look like under CAA?
  • How will partnerships be determined and driven through LAAs and LSPs?
  • Engaging communities and delivering representative, accountable leadership

Devolution of, for, by the people?

A range of presentations, discussions and seminars will provide you with the latest briefings on the devolution agenda and the opportunity to have your say. Understand the likely implications on local services and for pressing community issues including health, community safety and development planning.

Place shaping tomorrow’s communities

The Government is committed to greater devolution and decentralisation. It holds huge implications. Don’t miss 2008’s most topical and engaging event concerning local governance, services and communities. Your preparation and participation is paramount.

Confirmed speakers include:

Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Sir Simon Milton, Chairman, Local Government Association
Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Shadow Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government
Professor Tony Travers, Director – Greater London Group, LSE
Michael White, Assistant Editor, The Guardian
Chris Leslie, Director, NLGN
Dr Dick Sorabji, Deputy Director, NLGN
Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor, London Borough of Lewisham
Geoff Mulgan, Director, The Young Foundation
Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council
Cllr Steve Reed, Leader, London Borough of Lambeth
Rt Hon Andrew Stunell MP, OBE, Shadow Secretary of State, Communities & Local Government
Paul Coen, Chief Executive, Local Government Association
Steve Bundred, Chief Executive, Audit Commission

Dal Babu,Superintendent, Metropolitan Police
Richard Alderton, Head of Planning & Development, Ashford Borough Council
Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, NCVO
Michael Frater, Chair, Lifting the Burdens Task Force
Sue Johnson, Vice-Chair, Lewisham PCT, Joint Head of Healthy Communities Programme, IDeA
Ted Inman, Chief Executive, South Bank Employers’ Group
Bob Hogg, Chief Strategy Officer, Serco Solutions

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