The Future of Local Government 2021

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - Friday, March 19, 2021
08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Online Event
Virtual Conference


According to the Local Government Association, between March and June, councils have incurred £4.8 billion of extra cost pressures and income losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The estimated financial challenge councils face as a result of the pandemic will reach £10.9 billion.  

There is no area of local government that has not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Councils are doing remarkable work to address COVID-19 including pooling resources, responding to new problems and coming up with creative solutions.

On 22nd September 2020, the Prime Minister announced that £60 million would be made available across the police and local authorities for compliance and enforcement activities. This includes the deployment of COVID-19 secure marshals to support compliance.  

In October 2020, the Government announced that it would be allocating an additional £1 billion funding for councils, bringing the overall funding given directly to councils during the pandemic so far to £6.4 billion.

This national event will give a key understanding of what the future is looking like for Local Government and the impact of the pandemic on resources and functionality. It will cover vital issues such as leadership, funding, new operating models, commercialism and sustainability. 


Day 1

09:00 Online Registration

09:30 Chair’s Welcome Address

09:40 Special Keynote: Supporting Councils In England To Help Deliver Essential Services For Residents During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (invited)

10:05 Introducing New Operating Models For Local Government

Anna Randle, Chief Executive, Collaborate CIC

10:30 Case Study: Developing A District Response To Covid-19 At Watford Borough Council

Donna Nolan, Managing Director, Watford Borough Council

10:55 Questions And Answers Session

11:20 Break and Networking

11:50 Case Study: Delivering A Marshals Scheme And Integrating It Into The Wider Local Response To COVID-19

Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health, Northamptonshire County Council

12:15 Case Study: Adapting And Advancing Existing Commitments To Develop Towns And Local Centres As Part Of COVID-19 Recovery Planning

Speaker representative, Council (invited)

12:40 Questions And Answers Session

13:05 Chairs Summary and Close


09:00 Online Registration

09:30 Chair’s Welcome Address

09:40 Keynote Address: Analysing Local Government Funding Now And In The Future

Nicola Morton, Head of Local Government Finance, Local Government Association

10:05 Case Study: Emerging From The Coronavirus Pandemic: Assessing The Scale Of Change Required In The Medium And Long Term

Natalie Abraham, Managing Director, CIPFA C.Co

10:30 An Update On Delivering The Ambition For The National Procurement Strategy In England

Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council

10:55 Questions And Answers Session

11:20 Break and Networking

11:50 Case Study: How Coronavirus Is Accelerating Digital Transformation In Local Government

Chris Forrester, Head of Finance and Customer Services, Redditch and Bromsgrove Council (invited)

12:15 Case Study: Making The Case For And Against Creating More Unitary Authorities To Replace Councils

David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council and County Councillor for Monkton and North Curry

12:40 Questions And Answers Session

13:00 Chairs Summary and Close


09:00 Online Registration

09:30 Chair’s Welcome Address

09:40 Rebuilding For A Better Local Government Future Through Partnerships

Sean Hanson, Chief Executive, Local Partnerships

10:05 The Role Of Local Government In A Post-COVID World

Nazeya Hussain, Executive Director of Place, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (invited)

10:30 Case Study: Generating And Saving Money From Energy In Local Authorities

Andrew Waggott, Energy Services Team Manager, Portsmouth City Council (invited)

10:55 Questions And Answers Session

11:20 Break and Networking

11:50 Case Study: Making The Most Of Local Authorities' Land And Property In A Post Covid-19 World

Speaker, Slough Borough Council (invited)

12:15 Case Study: Using Community Involvement In Regenerating Housing And The Neighbourhood

Speaker, Leicestershire City Council (invited)

12:40 Questions And Answers Session

13:05 Chairs Summary and Close

13:00-14:00 Consultation

Benefits of Attending

  • Meet other like-minded professionals and develop new, beneficial connections
  • Through the learning opportunities and sharing of best practice, you will be able to implement improvements in your workplace
  • Impact the wider agenda and be part of future planning
  • Be part of organisations that continue to evolve, improve and innovate
  • Learn how to make the best use of key products and services that can help transform your organisational capabilities


This event brings together Government and the wider public sector, academia and senior leaders from across the Local Government sector to hear the latest policy updates across the industry and address the challenges facing the sector in these unprecedented times.

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