Day 1: Wednesday 7 July

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11:15 am - 11:45 am

 

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4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

 

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Break

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

 

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Closing remarks

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

 

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Student Conference Opening Speech

11:45 am - 11:55 am

 

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Test

12:00 am - 10:00 am

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Worlds apart: inequality at home and abroad

8:55 am - 9:55 am

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. 

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ESG: Thinking Beyond Green to Fund Local Authority Capital Programmes

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

UK local government delivers key public services and infrastructure such as roads, public transport, schools, care homes, street lighting and leisure centres. While over 75% of local authorities have declared a climate emergency and are increasingly aware of “Green Bonds”, many capital projects are not green.

Green bonds are just one element of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) finance, which can provide cheaper capital than available from the PWLB for all capital projects. This session will focus on how ESG finance and a more sophisticated approach to borrowing via the UK Municipal Bonds Agency can reduce financing costs and publicise the work of the council.

The workshop will focus on how councils are embracing ESG financing without increasing the burden monitoring and reporting places upon them and the innovative ways that local authorities can access ESG funding and develop funding programmes to reduce their financing costs.

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Sustainability reporting 2021

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

While sustainability reporting is increasingly common in the private sector, it’s less clear how well its being adopted in the public sector globally. No single, consistent framework recognised internationally for public sector organisations currently exists. With sustainability having many definitions, which can influence the scope and focus of public sector sustainability efforts the picture is less than clear. This session will launch a brand new report from CIPFA assessing current global practice.

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Lunch (Students)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and networking in the exhibition hall

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Prize-giving Ceremony

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Our prize-giving ceremony where the best Professional Accountancy Qualification exam results by CIPFA students are recognised.

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Practical tips for career development

11:55 am - 12:45 pm

Practical advice and tips on career development from CIPFA’s partner in public finance recruitment.

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Break

9:55 am - 10:15 am

 

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Break (Students

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm

Networking break in the exhibition hall

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Session to be announced

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Summary to be announced

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The failure of centralism

10:15 am - 11:15 am

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. 

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The new normal? Achieving a sustainable future through digital and agile transformation

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

A workshop to consider how change and transformation can assist the sustainability journey.

  • Can economic and environmental sustainability co-exist?
  • How can modernisation and collaboration of people, process and technology support these goals.

How to achieve organisational change and transformation to enable public sector organisations to support the dual challenges of economic and environmental sustainability.

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The UK has taken back control. Now what?

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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?

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Helicopter Flight Academy for Finance Professionals

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

‘Welcome aboard training flight IMP-555.’ Ok, we won’t actually be teaching you to fly a helicopter. But in conjunction with Wing Commander Taryn Eves (of RBKC Air Force) we will be taking you up high into the air, so you can get a better view of what is heading in your direction. We’ll be exploring how you can build the organisational resilience your squadron needs to ensure safe flying in a turbulent and complex system.

 

Through our work with local authorities and the County Councils Network, it’s been clear that tackling key social issues such as High Needs, social inequality and employee wellbeing are at the heart of building resilience and enabling organisations to respond to and recover from crises. With the immediate challenge of post-Covid recovery and climate change visible on the horizon, this session will help reset your sights on your core social purpose.

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Session to be announced

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Summary to be announced

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Procurement and the climate change challenge

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Climate change creates threats and opportunities for public procurement. On the one hand, climate change threatens disruption to supply chains in food,  pharmaceuticals and even waste recycling. On the other, transport, homes, agriculture and  energy alone contribute a massive 78% of total emissions, opening up huge prospects for public procurement to play a leading role in driving down emissions. This session will explore how procurement can be a driving force in the UK’s net zero ambitions. 

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Break

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

 

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Session to be announced

1:50 pm - 2:50 pm

 

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2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

 

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Leadership of place

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A truly place based approach to public services will require a new kind of leader. Join us to explore case studies in place with leaders who are doing things differently. 

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Future Councils: Fit for today, ready for the future

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Councils are facing extraordinary challenges. Along with the financial aftershocks of COVID-19, there are significant changes taking place across the external landscape of the public sector, from local government reorganisation to health and social care reform. 

To adapt and survive, councils will need to make fundamental changes to the way they provide solutions for their communities. 

This means meeting new and different customer expectations whilst delivering radical financial structuring. 

This session explores how we best: 

  • Ensure that councils are financially sustainable and delivering value for money
  • Understand citizen needs and ensure intelligence-led, robust decision-making, based on sound evidence
  • Redesign services so they are fit for today and tomorrow’s citizen needs
  • Pioneer approaches to service delivery  
  • Provide strong leadership to deliver services through these challenges

Join the discussion to hear from members of the CIPFA C.Co Team on how councils can best equip themselves to address these challenges. 

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A time for renewal: the future of the workplace

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

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. 

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What’s next for health and social care integration?

10:30 am - 11:30 am

The publication of the government white paper, ‘Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all’, has put health and social care integration back on the policy agenda. While the proposals represent a welcome commitment to integrating services, questions remain around governance, accountability and incentives for collaboration. How do practitioners feel these proposals will play out in practise – will they achieve the long-term ambition of integrated health and care?

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The future of local audit and governance

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Local authorities need to operate transparently and with accountability to the public. External audit is a key part of this, yet we know from the Redmond Review that there are challenges in the local audit market and concerns over whether it can effectively meet the needs of local government. Meanwhile, failures of governance and leadership at individual authorities continue to hit the headlines, underscoring the need for widespread understanding of risk and resilience among both officers and members. Join this session to share your views and explore the future of local audit and accountability.

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From Spark to Sparkle

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

The environment in which we all operate has changed and will continue changing with new emerging and evolving risks to manage. There are constant calls for organisations to be innovative, to identify and seize opportunities presented by new technologies, ways of working, data use and organisational structures. Many of the challenges facing us will not be addressed without innovation, but how do you ensure that you are investing in the right things?

This session will consider the innovation process, the risks of not innovating, how to build business cases for innovation and share some practical tips on delivery to enable you to become more confident in taking those innovative decisions for your organisations.

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CIPFA qualification and delivery update

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Join this interactive workshop session to give your input on important developments to CIPFA’s membership and training offer. Professor Mary Bishop will update on CIPFA’s newly adopted Learning Strategy 2025, while CIPFA’s Head of Training Services, Sarah Shreeves, and Head of Qualifications and Membership, Anna Howard, will update you on what’s new about our professional qualification and planned changes to training delivery.

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Sustainability in a changing built environment

10:30 am - 11:30 am

The built environment is changing and will continue to change due to targets, regulatory changes and shifts in the way people want to live and work. To ensure that what you are building, refitting or renovating is fit for purpose, and meets the needs of residents, users and communities, every asset owning or developing organisation should be considering the sustainability of its projects in a holistic way.

When it comes to construction and the climate agenda, there is a lot of focus on net zero construction and the energy efficiency of buildings, particularly residential homes. However, both of these things should be considered in the wider context of sustainability to ensure that in responding to one risk area we are not increasing or causing other risks to emerge now or in the future, incurring costs for you and the people you serve.

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Big data and working across boundaries

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In the wake of COVID-19, how can we enable collaboration across public services to deliver better outcomes for communities?

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Senior Managers Stories

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Senior managers from the world of public finance share their stories and advice on shaping your career followed by a panel Q and A.

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Reaching net zero: the 2050 target

9:00 am - 10:10 am

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?

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Drinks reception

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sponsored by: Grant Thornton

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Break

10:10 am - 10:30 am

 

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Break

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

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Break

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

 

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Break

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm

 

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Please note that the programme timings are subject to change whilst we move the sessions to a virtual platform. The final programme will be shared the week before the conference.

08:45 - 09:00

 

09:00 - 10:10

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?

Break

10:10 - 10:30

 

Fringe

10:30 - 11:30

The publication of the government white paper, ‘Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all’, has put health and social care integration back on the policy agenda. While the proposals represent a welcome commitment to integrating services, questions remain around governance, accountability and incentives for collaboration. How do practitioners feel these proposals will play out in practise – will they achieve the long-term ambition of integrated health and care?

Place
10:30 - 11:30

The built environment is changing and will continue to change due to targets, regulatory changes and shifts in the way people want to live and work. To ensure that what you are building, refitting or renovating is fit for purpose, and meets the needs of residents, users and communities, every asset owning or developing organisation should be considering the sustainability of its projects in a holistic way.

Planet

Break

11:30 - 12:00

 

Fringe

12:00 - 13:00

In the wake of COVID-19, how can we enable collaboration across public services to deliver better outcomes for communities?

Profession
12:00 - 13:00

UK local government delivers key public services and infrastructure such as roads, public transport, schools, care homes, street lighting and leisure centres. While over 75% of local authorities have declared a climate emergency and are increasingly aware of “Green Bonds”, many capital projects are not green.

Planet

Break

13:00 - 13:30

 

Fringe

13:30 - 14:30

Local authorities need to operate transparently and with accountability to the public. External audit is a key part of this, yet we know from the Redmond Review that there are challenges in the local audit market and concerns over whether it can effectively meet the needs of local government. Meanwhile, failures of governance and leadership at individual authorities continue to hit the headlines, underscoring the need for widespread understanding of risk and resilience among both officers and members. Join this session to share your views and explore the future of local audit and accountability.

Profession
13:30 - 14:30

Councils are facing extraordinary challenges. Along with the financial aftershocks of COVID-19, there are significant changes taking place across the external landscape of the public sector, from local government reorganisation to health and social care reform. 

To adapt and survive, councils will need to make fundamental changes to the way they provide solutions for their communities. 

This means meeting new and different customer expectations whilst delivering radical financial structuring. 

Place

Break

14:30 - 15:00

 

Fringe

15:00 - 16:00

A truly place based approach to public services will require a new kind of leader. Join us to explore case studies in place with leaders who are doing things differently. 

Place
15:00 - 16:00

‘Welcome aboard training flight IMP-555.’ Ok, we won’t actually be teaching you to fly a helicopter. But in conjunction with Wing Commander Taryn Eves (of RBKC Air Force) we will be taking you up high into the air, so you can get a better view of what is heading in your direction. We’ll be exploring how you can build the organisational resilience your squadron needs to ensure safe flying in a turbulent and complex system.

 

Profession

Break

16:00 - 16:30

 

Fringe

16:30 - 17:30

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?