Overview

14 Sep, 20228:45 am-3:30 pm

About

This Effectively Delivering Local Authority Partnerships Forum will assess the current landscape of partnership working across local government, examine the impact of the Levelling-Up White Paper and devolution aims, and evaluate and plan for further ways to increase the positive outcomes from partnership working. Leading local authority bodies and key figures from within Local Government will share research and policy-related updates, as well as reflect upon how partnerships have been used in their locality, to support delegates in enhancing their own approach.

Attendees will discuss successful methods for improving service delivery, reducing costs, and more effectively using data to inform decisions to better support Local Authority leaders and staff in Levelling-Up.

Agenda

8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Professor Colin Copus
Professor Colin Copus
Emeritus Professor of Local Politics
De Montfort University
Invited
9:40 am
Fireside Chat: The Future of Levelling-Up Local Government

In this session, our Chair will sit down with Catherine Frances to:

  • Reflect upon the challenges Covid-19 has presented for Local Authorities, and the resilience the sector has shown in the most difficult circumstances
  • Discuss how investing in partnerships can be a tool to increase the capacity, capability, and confidence of your Local Authority
  • Highlight the importance strong leadership has in ensuring that re-organisation and devolution are successful
  • Share key insights into how DLUHC intend to support Local Authorities fulfil their requirements as laid out in the Levelling Up White Paper

Questions from delegates will be welcomed throughout the chat and will be moderated by the Chair.

Catherine Frances
Catherine Frances
Director General, Local Government and Public Services
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Invited
10:10 am
ONS Keynote: Creating A Culture Of Data Sharing Across the Public Sector to Enhance Service Provision

This session will:

  • Highlight the essential requirements for effective and ethical data sharing, including strong governance, management, and stewardship, supporting delegates in addressing the gaps in their organisation’s own data sharing capabilities
  • Reflect upon the central role of public trust in data sharing, highlighting the negative impact a breakdown of trust can have on local authorities and their residents when working to gain insights from data
  • Share insights into the infrastructure Local Authorities need in order to maximise the positive impact of using data by breaking down siloed-working structures
  • Provide delegates with in-depth guidance into the new Integrated Data Service (IDS), how they will access this and the impact this will have on data sharing within Local Authorities

This session will include time for delegate questions and answers.

Alison Pritchard
Alison Pritchard
Deputy National Statistician
Office for National Statistics
Invited
10:40 am
Morning Break and Networking (20 Mins)
11:00 am
CIPFA Keynote: Strengthening Partnerships with the Voluntary Sector to Improve Service Delivery, Increase Efficiency and Cut Costs

This session will: 

  • Outline guidance on how Local Authorities can better support and encourage the involvement of the voluntary sector in public sector service delivery
  • Highlight key areas in which partnerships with voluntary sector organisations can support service delivery such as co-design, capacity building and commissioning in order to reduce costs
  • Reflect on the accelerative impact Covid-19 had on partnership working across Local Authority organisations, with charities providing specialist local insight and knowledge that enable councils to better support their residents and improve service delivery
  • Consider the cost-saving implications of partnerships with voluntary sector organisations, allowing council funding to be used to fund the most effective and valuable projects

 This session will include time for delegate questions and answers.

Rob Whiteman CBE
Rob Whiteman CBE
Chief Executive
CIPFA
Confirmed
11:30 am
Case Study: How To Retain Council Identity and Accountability In A Partnership

The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership have a shared management team and workforce and are the largest partnership of its kind in the country.

In this session you will:

  • Learn how the working partnership between Boston Borough, East Lindsey and South Holland District Councils has contributed to more effective service delivery, increased capacity and resilience, and greater efficiency in delivering frontline council services
  • Gain insights into how to achieve a partnership agreement that retains Council identity and accountability, whilst maximising shared resources and teams and making significant financial savings
  • Explore the positive outcome of ‘collective voice’ that comes from partnerships, supporting Local Authorities in advocating for funding opportunities and greater influence in local service delivery
  • Share essential insights into how to create and maintain positive partnership relationships with voluntary sector organisations, ensuring accountability and proactivity throughout

This session will include time for delegate questions and answers.

Michelle Sacks
Michelle Sacks
Deputy Chief Executive (Growth)
South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership
Invited
12:00 pm
Case Study: Monmouthshire County Council - Working In Partnership With Cardiff Council To Drive Local Economic Recovery

This session will:

  • Address the financial motivation behind the Cardiff Council and Monmouthshire County Council partnership, encouraging recovery of Monmouthshire’s local economy and supporting the delivery of the contract pipeline
  • Explore the ways in which Cardiff Council have worked with Monmouthshire County Council to lead the way in delivering major, collaborative procurement arrangements across local government in Wales
  • Share how Cardiff Council are supporting the development and delivery of their procurement strategy and policy in Monmouthshire, utilising the expertise and knowledge of the partnership team to support and meet the needs of residents
  • Highlight the importance of sharing good practice amongst Local Authorities in order to develop strong partnership agreements and effectively support the Levelling-Up agenda and show what this looks like in practice

 This session will include time for delegate questions and answers.

Cllr Chris Weaver
Cllr Chris Weaver
Cabinet Member for Finance, Modernisation and Performance
Cardiff Council
Invited
Cllr Phil Murphy
Cllr Phil Murphy
Cabinet Member For Resources
Monmouthshire County Council
Invited
12:30 pm
Networking Lunch (1 Hour)
1:30 pm
Afternoon Keynote: The Role of Local Authority Partnerships in the Levelling-Up Agenda

This session will:

  • Address the need for strong Local Authorities and strong leadership, in order to focus on broadening and deepening devolution as a key part of the levelling-up agenda
  • Offer guidance on how partnership working can effectively mitigate some of the challenges that councils face, such as cuts to budgets and increased cost of public services, but working collaboratively across localities
  • Share examples of effective collaborative working
  • Provide expert guidance on how to create strong leadership structures within your Local Authority, an instrumental factor contributing to strong and productive relationships with public and private sector partners

This session will include time for delegate questions and answers.

Becca Heron
Becca Heron
Strategic Director of Growth And Development
Manchester City Council
Invited
2:10 pm
Afternoon Networking & Refreshments Break
2:40 pm
Placing Systems Reform At The Heart of Devolution and Levelling-Up

This session will:

  • Build upon the systems reform chapter of the Levelling Up White Paper (published in February 2022), highlighting key institutional barriers preventing the effective resolution of regional inequality
  • Critically analyse the economic performance of Local Authorities over recent years, commenting the role partnerships will play on the road to devolution by dismantling siloed working structures
  • Highlight the essential role that data sharing will play in the future of decision making across local government and beyond, considering the ways in which partnership working and data sharing can support more efficient and cost-effective service delivery
  • Comment on some potential future challenges facing Local Authorities, supporting forward thinking and preparation that demonstrates resilience to change

 This session will include time for delegate questions and answers.

Anthony Breach
Anthony Breach
Senior Analyst
Centre for Cities
Confirmed
3:20 pm
Chair’s Close

*Programme subject to change

Professor Colin Copus
Professor Colin Copus
Emeritus Professor of Local Politics
De Montfort University
Invited

Audience

  • Chief Executive
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Director of Digital and Transformation
  • Director of Finance
  • Director of Resources
  • Head of Commissioning
  • Head of IT & Digital
  • Head of Transformation
  • Strategic Director
  • Director of Customer Services
  • Service Delivery Lead

Pricing

Venue

London