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Lisa Jordan, Chief Economist and Head of the Analysis & Insight Team, Cabinet Office (invited)

  • Exploring the long-term challenges facing public sector funding and financial sustainability up to 2030
  • Assessing the impact of Brexit on investment, decision making and growth and how the public sector may respond to these changes
  • Evaluating the growing demand and costs connected with local government services and social care provision
  • Discussing the outlook for the Treasury’s forthcoming Spending Review and the implications for departmental allocations, as well as ‘unprotected’ spending areas

Paul Johnson, Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies (invited)

  • Assessing the latest economic analysis on the directions for the UK economy following Brexit
  • Exploring the role of effective economics and evidence-based analysis in driving decision making across government
  • Understanding what Brexit means for public sector finances, investment and growth opportunities in the long term

Sam Beckett, Joint Head of the Government Economics Service and Director General, EU Exit and Analysis, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (invited)

  • Exploring the evolving funding arrangements for local government since 2010 and the key financial pressure points now facing the sector
  • Analysing how effectively local authorities can deliver existing statutory services and understanding where there are challenges to the sustainability of service provision
  • Evaluating the scale of growing service demands on local authorities and the steps being taken to support services within the context of reduced funding
  • Examining the risks of overspends and dwindling reserves in threatening long-term sustainability of statutory services and local government budgets

Abdool Kara, Executive Leader, National Audit Office (NAO) (CONFIRMED)

* Please note that from 11am the Conference will split into dedicated streams for Local Government and Central Government

*Programme subject to change