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9:15 am
Conference Login and Accessing the Online Platform

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9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Alfie Stirling
Alfie Stirling
Head of Economics
New Economics Foundation
Confirmed
9:40 am
Opening Keynote: The Long-Term Outlook for Public Sector Finance and Funding
  • 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
  • Examining changes to the local council funding system, including Fair Funding Review and Business Rates Retention
David Phillips
David Phillips
Associate Director - Local and Devolved Finance and TaxDev Centre
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Confirmed
10:00 am
Morning Keynote: The Future of Local Government Finance and Funding

The Ministry of Housing, Local Government and Communities will examine the Final Local Government Finance Settlement for England, 2020 to 2021, which was released in February 2020, including the impact this will have upon local authorities. Furthermore, the session will also outline the reforms to the business rates retention system.

Stuart Hoggan
Stuart Hoggan
Deputy Director, Local Government Finance Settlement
Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Confirmed
10:20 am
Questions and Answers Sessions

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10:40 am
Break
11:00 am
Establishing an Award-Winning Finance Team Through an Effective Transformation Strategy
  • Outlining how the finance team utilised lessons learnt over the previous year as a method to streamlining their processes, resulting in them winning Finance Team of the Year at the Public Finance Awards 2019
  • Examining the key transformations undertaken to improve efficiency, including becoming the first government department to recognise revenue from contracts with customers by adopting the new International Financial Reporting Standard 15 early
  • Sharing guidance on how the transformation was embedded across all departments, not just the finance team and how to ensure staff buy-in from the whole organisation to ensure a smooth transition

Winner of Finance Team of the Year – Central Government and National Bodies, Public Finance Awards 2019

Pauline Moore
Pauline Moore
Head of Finance
The National Archives
Confirmed
11:20 am
Rebuilding Local Council Finances – Sharing Lessons Two Years On From a Section 114

Councillor Matthew Golby will discuss Northamptonshire County Council’s two-year journey from being issued a Section 114 and the council’s overspend reaching £41 million, to predicting an underspend by £119k for 2019/20.

This session will also include the key lessons learnt throughout this journey and the methods utilised by the council to achieve their predicted underspend. 

Cllr Matthew Golby
Cllr Matthew Golby
Council Leader
Northamptonshire County Council
Confirmed
11:40 am
Successfully Training, Developing and Upskilling Finance Staff Across the Public Sector
  • Outlining how the finance academy work will staff to develop work programmes focusing on “Finance Adding Value”, through the four main pillars which include People, Innovation, Partnership and Excellence
  • Highlighting how the academy works with NHS providers to attract young people into the finance sector through their Graduate Financial Management Trainee Scheme
  • Sharing insights into how government departments can utilise their finance teams to support non-finance staff members, by providing training sessions for board members and financial governance training
Rebecca Richards
Rebecca Richards
Finance Academy Director
NHS Wales Finance Academy
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Questions and Answers Session

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12:20 pm
Lunch and Networking
1:00 pm
Afternoon Keynote: Understanding the Changing Landscape of Auditing Practices Across the UK
  • Examining the upcoming changes to auditing, requiring auditors to issue commentary on financial sustainability, governance and improving economy, efficiency and effectiveness instead of delivering an overall binary conclusion
  • Highlighting the benefits these changes to the Code of Practice will have, such as making reporting clearer on partnership working and allowing to comment on more local circumstances
  • Analysing other consultation provisions, including allowing the auditor to make immediate recommendations, rather than wait until the end of the audit, and that when auditors are unable to publish their annual report by the deadline, they must publicly explain why
Abdool Kara
Abdool Kara
Executive Leader, Local Services
National Audit Office
Confirmed
1:20 pm
Establishing an Award-Winning Partnership to Improve Payment Services

Izzi Seccombe OBE will be outlining how Warwickshire County Council effectively established a ‘Premier Supplier Service’ partnership with Oxygen Finance, which won the Solutions Partner award at the Public Finance Awards 2019.

The partnership created a payment solution which injected an estimated £2.7 million into the local economy, as well as  £900,000 into frontline council services.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe
Councillor Izzi Seccombe
Leader
Warwickshire County Council
Confirmed
1:40 pm
Exploring the Changing Nature of Public Sector Insurance
  • Sharing experience and insights from local government authorities on the impact of COVID-19
  • Exploring the challenges faced by central government when the insurance markets won’t deliver
  • Demonstrating how the Government Actuary’s Department helps other public sector organisations manage their insurance risks
Ian Rogers
Ian Rogers
Chief Actuary
The Government Actuary’s Department
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Questions and Answers Sessions

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2:20 pm
Break
2:30 pm
Afternoon Keynote: Supporting UK Government to Improve Counter-Fraud Measures
  • Outlining the role of the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA), including how they support Government departments and organisations to tackle fraud and improve their counter-fraud response
  • Examining how GIAA deliver a high quality, independent and cost-effective specialist counter fraud and investigation service for government departments
  • Providing insights to the fraud risks GIAA is seeing across Government and considerations for strengthening your organisation’s counter-fraud response
Neil Green
Neil Green
Head of Counter Fraud and Investigation
Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA)
Confirmed
2:50 pm
Examining the Future Funding Landscape for Local Authorities
  • Evaluating the potential impact the local government finance settlement will have on local councils and delivering services, such as the council tax referenda
  • Assessing the challenges for local government including the ongoing implications of the rising demands
  • Outlining the LGA’s response to the Spending Review 2019 and the influence it has had on local government spending
  • Exploring the future of local government finance, including how the LGA will support local governments moving forward
Nicola Morton
Nicola Morton
Head of Local Government Finance
Local Government Association (LGA)
Confirmed
3:10 pm
Special Keynote: Supporting Governmental Departments in Delivering High-Quality Financial Functions
  • Providing an update on implementing the Government Finance Function Strategy 2019-2023, including the next steps being taken to support departments in undertaking prosperous financial measures
  • Examining the Government’s functional standards expected of departments and how financial leads can enhance capabilities
  • Sharing guidance on how departments can effectively develop cultures around successful planning, risk assessment and assurance in the support of evidence-based financial decision making
  • Highlighting examples of cross-collaboration to financial management across government and how these methods can be implemented as common practice
Cat Little
Cat Little
Director General Public Spending
HM Treasury and Head of the Government Finance Function
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Questions and Answers Session

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4:00 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks

*Programme Subject to Change