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The Future of Local Government 2021

The Future of Local Government 2021

March 17-19, 2021


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 22 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.

Agenda Content and Learning Outcomes*

  • Hear practical case studies from local authorities that have been successful in driving change and improvement in their region, despite current challenges
  • Assess ways of setting out the COVID-19 contain framework for successful management of local outbreaks
  • Understand the importance of leadership in successfully steering staff, members and the borough through the recovery journey
  • Discover new methods of working closely with environmental health organisations, the police and other local partners
  • Analyse way of working with existing local partnerships to respond to the immediate issues whilst continuing to plan the long-term development of towns and local centres
  • Explore the impact of COVID-19 for local authorities’ budgets and how to provide more funding for social care, protection for core funding and the prevention of excessive council tax rises
  • Evaluate new approaches to investing in and using procurement teams more effectively
  • Learn how Coronavirus has turbocharged the digital transformation of workplaces, businesses and the way we use public services
  • Consider strategies of reducing costs, raising quality and achieving wider benefits in improved efficiency and innovation through outsourcing


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

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*Agenda subject to change.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 8:00 to Friday, 19 March 2021 14:00