This year our programme features three content streams, each of which will focus on a key topic in the public sector.

As the public sector emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has demonstrated remarkable resilience and an ability to work together to address a common challenge. 2021 must be the year we embed and expand this common sense of purpose. Public Finance Live will bring together practitioners, commentators and experts from across the sector to identify opportunities to improve communities and sustain our planet

You can choose which streams to attend and therefore build your own individual programme. Stream sessions will include:

Place – COVID-19 helped us break down organisational boundaries. But how do we consolidate this to develop a place-based approach to public services and better outcomes for citizens and communities?

Planet – while the pandemic will eventually run its course, there is no vaccine for climate change. How can the public sector come together to tackle the greatest challenge of our time and leave the world a better place than we found it?

Profession – come and explore practical issues impacting your day to day working life and skills and look ahead to the future of public finance.

We will be announcing the full programme and speakers shortly but here is an idea of what to expect from Public Finance Live 2021:

Reaching net zero: the 2050 target – Despite declaring a climate emergency in 2019, and government outlining a ten-point plan for climate change in 2020, there’s still a long road to net zero by 2050. With the Paris Agreement under threat, developing economies resistant to cutting industrial emissions, and a continuing reliance on carbon in our day to day lives, how do we accelerate action before it’s too late?

We’ve taken back control. Now what? – Brexit has fundamentally changed our relationship with both the EU and our trading partners around the world. At the same time, with Joe Biden resetting the tone of US rhetoric, could the tide of populism and protectionism around the world be about to turn? What does the future look like, and what are the prospects for the global Britain?

Worlds apart: Inequality at home and abroad – Today, 1 in every 5 children will not be allowed to go to school. Every day, 10,000 people die because they lack access to healthcare. And despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, last year Unicef delivered aid to children in the UK experiencing dire levels of food poverty. This session will explore the scale of the problem, the extent to which it has been exacerbated by COVID-19, and what the next steps are to bridge outcome gaps for communities around the world.

The failure of centralism – The government is at odds with itself. The ability of UK cities and regions to truly level up is contingent on empowered local leadership. At the same time, the UK swings towards central decision making at all turns. This session will explore the requirements for a levelled-up UK society, with case studies in international governance structures.

A time for renewal: the future of the workplace – The COVID-19 pandemic saw a mass shift to home working almost overnight across sectors and around the world. With a return to normality on the horizon, we are presented with an opportunity to entirely reshape the look and feel of our organisations.