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Saving local government finance summit


This session is open exclusively to LGIU members. Not a member but interested in the symposium? Reach out to us to explore how we can work with your organisation!

Join the LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre for our 2024 Saving local government finance summit

On Wednesday, 17 July, from 11am – 3:30pm at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, London, the LGIU will host a follow-up event to the LGIU@40 research symposium. The saving local government finance summit will raise awareness of the funding crisis facing councils in England and unveil a broad coalition of support calling for immediate reforms to fix the local government finance system. It will provide a platform for senior local government stakeholders to come together and share their perspectives and insights on the impact of austerity on our communities and outline what changes are required in the first 100 days of the next government.

Speakers include:

  • Simon Hoare MP, Minister for Local Government
  • Jim McMahon MP, Shadow Minister for Local Government
  • Joanna Killian, Chief Executive, Local Government Association
  • Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Leader, Barnsley Council/ SIGOMA chair
  • Mo Baines, Chief Executive, APSE
  • Paul Honeyben, Director of Local Government Finance & Improvement, London Councils
  • Andrew Harrop, General Secretary, The Fabian Society
  • Dr Kevin Muldoon-Smith, Associate Professor, Northumbria University
  • Ed Jewel, President, Libraries Connected
  • Owen Mapley, Chief Executive Officer, CIPFA (invited)
  • Patrick Melia, CEO, Sunderland City Council/ Solace local government finance spokesperson (invited)
  • David Phillips, Associate Director, The Institute for Fiscal Studies (invited)

Spaces are available for this complimentary event for senior officers and councillors from LGIU member councils exclusively on a first come, first-served basis. Travel costs to and from our London venue covered, if required.

If you would like to attend, and have not received an invitation or if you have a colleague you would like to attend in your place, please contact Jen Pufky.


10:30 am-11:00 am: Registration and networking over tea/coffee

11:00 – 11:05: Welcome address and introduction

11:05 – 12:05: Session 1 – What does the research tell us?

12:05 – 13:05: Session 2 – The Sector Voices Behind This

13:05 – 14:05: Lunch and networking

14:05 – 15:05: Session 3 – The First 100 Days of the Next Government

15:05 – 15:30: Closing Remarks

*This agenda will be updated regularly with newly confirmed speakers.