England & Wales

Planning for the longer term: strategies for sustaining councils beyond frontloaded cuts

LGiU Events

08/04/2011  10:30-15:00
LGiU, 22 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0TB
Rates (ex VAT)
LGiU affiliated organisations: £150Others: £250
Local government has had to respond rapidly to a harsh financial settlement and front-loaded cuts in budgets. Now that new budgets are in place, what are the strategies that councils can use to reduce costs while maintaining service levels and protecting the core of their organisations and their reputations?
This workshop uses tools and techniques developed as part of the National Process Improvement Project (NPIP) to offer practical guidance on how to make savings while maintaining or improving corporate and frontline services. All of the examples used are based on real savings made by real councils using standard practices. Anyone involved in transforming services or responsible for having to achieve budget savings, should not miss the opportunity to discover what has been proven in practice. There will be plenty of opportunity for participants to contribute ideas and opinions and to share their experiences.This seminar offers delegates:
  • The four key principles of successful service redesign.
  • Case studies demonstrating the benefits of adopting systems thinking and business process improvement approaches to build organisational capacity.
  • Understanding of the issues around ‘managing failure’.
  • How to improve services through taking into account the views of service users.
  • Understanding of budget and demand planning through activity based costing and process mapping.
  • The main factors to improve a council’s reputation.
  • The six proven key success factors which affect the delivery of transformation.
Speakers include
The seminar will be led and facilitated by Colin Whitehouse, former Senior Advisor to Communities and Local Government and an LGiU associateChair: Councillor Alan Waters, Executive Member for Corporate Services and Governance, Norwich City Council and LGiU learning and development manager 

Who should attend
Elected members, particularly portfolio holders with responsibility for resourcesChairs and members of audit and scrutiny committees 

Officers with responsibility for delivering efficiencies and service transformation

Public sector trades unions