LGA Lib Dem Budget Conference
Friday 22nd October 2010
Local Government House, Smith Square, Westminster

Is your Council going to have a tough time with its budget?
Would you like help with your budget and how to get the politics right?
Would you like to know the effect of the Comprehensive Spending Review on Local Government?

All these questions can be answered in a one day session run by the Lib Dem Group at the LGA on Friday 22nd October 2010, two days after the Comprehensive Spending Review.

All Lib Dem Councillors and Researchers welcome.

Led by Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth, Deputy Lib Dem Leader at the LGA and a National IDeA Peer, he will be joined by Stephen Jones, Director of Finance at the LGA to provide a programme of briefings and political advice for council groups preparing their budgets.



10.00 Registration

10.30 Comprehensive Spending Review and what this means for Local Government – Stephen Jones, Director of Finance, LGA
11.15 Principles of Budget setting and getting the politics right, so you don’t lose out. – Gerald Vernon-Jackson 12.00 Information – what to ask for and how to get it – Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Stuart Bray (Leader Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council) and Chris Ward (Chief Accountant – Portsmouth City Council).
12.30 Things you had never thought to ask your Council Officers – Chris Ward
13.00 LUNCH
13.30 Separate briefings for what to do if your Group is in power or in opposition – led by Gerald Vernon-Jackson and Stuart Bray
14.30 Feedback and Conclusions.
15.00 Finish

If you would like to come or you think anyone else from your Group would benefit please contact Jake Beavan at the Lib Dem LGA Office – jake.beavan@lga.gov.uk. The Registration fee is £25 per head.

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