Welcome to the LG Group annual conference and exhibition 2011
July 2011 will see us at the centre of a fundamental rethinking of the way local government works. The Government's flagship Localism Bill has set out new leadership roles and a vision of a state in which communities, charities and businesses have increased powers in shaping the way their places develop and how their services are delivered. The Big Society will remain a phrase crucial to all discussions about the future of public services, a controversial ideology that inspires excitement and worry in equal measure. And alongside these wide-ranging reforms, councils will be dealing with an exceptionally tough financial settlement which is already affecting the way they serve their communities. The results of tough budgeting decisions will be apparent by the summer.
Our conference, ‘Localism Works’, intertwines these strands and asks how the role of local government should be defined in this brave new world – as the body for local leadership, a commissioning hub, an information centre for stimulating local activity, or all of the above and more. The debate about how we define ‘localism’ is key to determining how we move forward as a sector. The plenary sessions, workshops, and events at the conference will allow you to play your part in advancing this debate and take a front-and-centre role in the continuing evolution of local government.
Join us and over 2000 attendees at the biggest local government event in the country.