This year’s public finance conference will address the key issues the UK faces in overcoming the widely acknowledged malaise and sense of alienation dividing communities which became all too evident in the Brexit vote.

In the wake of the referendum result and consequent uncertain economic forecast the government is committed to investing in skills, infrastructure to support local growth and a new housing agenda, with a specific commitment to regions beyond the south east and city devolution centres.

To address the perennial issue of low productivity it will be essential to improve standards of education and training, from primary to tertiary and vocational, to ensure that businesses have access to the skills and talents they need to prosper.

As health and social care costs go through the roof, plans that are based on the needs of local populations, local health and care systems are coming together to deliver Sustainability and Transformation Plans across England, will they be able to drive genuine and sustainable transformation in health outcomes for the longer-term?

We ask top economists, policy makers and public service leaders: what are the key ingredients that will deliver the opportunities prosperity and places which the people of the UK deserve?

 

Wednesday 12 July

Please note that all speakers, content and timings are subject to change

08.30 – 09.15 Registration

09.15 – 09.30 President’s welcome

Speaker: Andrew Burns, Director of Finance and Resources, Staffordshire County Council

09.30 – 10.40 PREPARING FOR BREXIT BRITAIN

Chair: Samira Ahmed, Journalist and Broadcaster

Speakers: Vicky Pryce, Board member Centre for Economics and Business Research, former Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Chief economist at KPMG

Ed Cox, Director, IPPR

The UK is entering a period of negotiation with the EU that will determine the direction not just of the economy but the very nature of its relationship with the rest of the world and its own citizens. The outcome of those negotiations will determine the sustainability of many public services which depend on both healthy public finances and an available pool of labour. Striking the right balance in those negotiations will be critical.

We look at the key questions for public services and what the impact of the wider global economy might be on the fortunes of the UK.

Topics covered: World and UK economic outlook, key questions for EU negotiations

10.40 – 11.20 Coffee and networking in the exhibition hall

11.20 – 12.15 A COUNTRY IN WHICH NO ONE IS LEFT OUT

Chair: Samira Ahmed, Journalist and Broadcaster.

Speaker: Stephanie Flanders, Managing Director, Chief Market Strategist for UK and Europe, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Chair, RSA Inclusive Growth Commission

The UK’s referendum result exposed deep divisions across the country, similar rifts are evident in Europe and the USA. Echoing Roosevelt’s New deal Prime Minister May has responded by calling for a more cohesive society and inclusive economy.

Critical to the success of that ambition will be the extent to which the UK adopts a new inclusive approach to economic and regional development: combining economic development with social action, growing productivity and building social capital for communities to prosper with shared norms and values.

Topics covered: Social cohesion, economic development, productivity

Relevant weblinks: Guardian RSA

HEALTH, WELLBEING AND EFFICIENCY

Chair: Samira Ahmed, Journalist and Broadcaster

Speakers: Jim Mackey, CEO NHS Improvement

To deliver plans that are based on the needs of local populations, local health and care system came together in January 2016 to form 44 footprints across England. The health and care organisations within these geographic footprints are working together to develop sustainability and transformation plans STPs which will help drive genuine and sustainable transformation in patient experience and health outcomes over the longer-term. What will be required across the NHS local authority divide to make place based planning a reality and achieve financial balance for the NHS?

Topics covered: STPs, placed base planning

Relevant weblinks: NHS transformation plans

12.15 – 13.30 LUNCH AND NETWORKING IN THE EXHIBITION HALL

12.15-13.00 Lunchtime Workshop – Early Closedown

Chair: Victoria Barnard, CIPFA

Speakers: To be announced

This session will look at the pressures facing accounts closedown teams in 2017/18 and consider how authorities can change their approaches to free up valuable staff time from the process.  We’ll report on the experiences of users of the CIPFA Closedown system in 2016/17, and talk about how the system is expected to develop over the next couple of years.  The session will also cover the further support available from CIPFA and Ernst & Young.

13.30 – 14.30 Concurrent workshops 1A-1D – Choose one special interest concurrent session

WORKSHOP 1A

Sponsored by: Unit 4

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Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

WORKSHOP 1B

Sponsored by: Advanced

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Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

 

WORKSHOP 1C

Sponsored by: Zurich

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Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

 

WORKSHOP 1D ASDV/Commercialisation

Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

 

14.30 – 15.10 Coffee and networking in the exhibition hall

15.10 – 16.10 Concurrent workshops 1E-1H – CHOOSE ONE SPECIAL INTEREST CONCURRENT SESSION

WORKSHOP 1E Integration, from plans to implementation

Sponsored by: Technology One

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Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

WORKSHOP 1F Society of District Council Treasurers Workshop 2017

Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

This workshop from the Society of District Council Treasurers will look at current issues of particular concern to District Council Finance professionals. Indicative subjects include an update on 100% retention of Business Rates, Devolution implications, Commercialisation of the CFO, Housing and Homelessness issues and emerging implications from the Brexit negotiations.

WORKSHOP 1G Changing role of the finance professional

Chair: To be announced

Speakers: Brendan McCarron, CIPFA

Finance professionals are working on a greater variety of activities as service provision becomes more complicated.
The finance function of the future will be defined by flexibility and adaptive process, increasing levels of automation and real-time reporting, exponentially more data available will demand skills in predictive analytics. Finance will be at the centre of organisational performance and to deliver will mean responding to transformational pressures and in public services

WORKSHOP 1H Using mapping data to help boost Business Rates revenues

Chair: To be announced

Speakers: To be announced

The 2016 CIPFA Counter Fraud and Corruption Tracker report highlighted the increasing threat of Business Rates fraud.  Nationally, Local Authorities detected Business Rates fraud worth £8.2m in total.  This is over 500% increase from the previous year.  However, as there is very little activity in proactively detecting Business Rates fraud, this figure represents just the tip of the iceberg.  Nearly 30 Local Authorities have now identified Business Rates fraud as their number one fraud risk for 2017.

16.20 – 17.25 Session title to be announced

Chair: Samira Ahmed, Journalist and Broadcaster.

Speakers: Mike Blackburn OBE, Chair Manchester LEP, Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector, OFSTED

The government is committed to boosting productivity by investing in human capital. As part of this, it is committed to developing vocational skills, and to increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships.

To address the perennial issue of low productivity it will be essential to improve standards of education and training, from primary to tertiary and vocational, to ensure that businesses have access to the skills and talents they need to prosper. How will government nationally and locally ensure young people receive guidance and support to take full advantage of education, training and employment opportunities, and for the unemployed, how do we develop more effective approaches to supporting people back into work.

Topics covered: education skills productivity growth

18.00 – 20.00 Conference drinks reception

Sponsored by: Grant Thornton

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Venue: Revolucion de Cuba

Address: 11 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR

Website: www.revoluciondecuba.com/bar/manchester/

Please join us along with delegates, sponsors and exhibitors for the official conference drinks reception.