Throughout the year, LGiU runs an extensive and popular programme of events, including policy roundtables, seminars, publication launches and party conference fringes.
Our influential events bring together key decision makers from both local and central government to gain practical insights into current policy debates.
3 November 10:00 - 15:45
This seminar discusses practical ways in which local authorities and elected members (including District Councils in two tier areas) can strengthen their role in the local school system which is efficient school place planning; enhance the accountability of schools outside the maintained sector and meet new requirements around school performance. The seminar is a mix of briefings, case studies and workshops to encourage an exchange of ideas, experience and good practice.
10 November 10:00 - 15:30
This course will look at the most popular methods of social media, which are best for your personal needs and the needs for your organisation as well as the risks and the solutions to keep you both safe in your work as well as up- to- date with your methods.
13 November 09:30 - 16:00
This seminar will look at how we give a voice to marginalised groups in the public square and how we can use that voice to develop qualitative feedback that will impact on policy. We will also look at how digital engagement can also help enable and further this process.
20 November 09:00 - 15:30
This seminar has been designed to develop knowledge, skill and understanding of the art and methods of influencing and persuading others in order to gain cooperation, support, and commitment. By the end of the seminar Councillors will have heightened awareness and increased ability in communicating and achieving successful outcomes while retaining the respect and trust of others.
21 November 09:30 - 16:30
This is a down to earth seminar that will prompt frank debate and identify key issues facing frontline councillors. It will give participants plenty of opportunity to explore different approaches, which they can apply in their work as officers or local councillors.
24 November 09:30 - 16:00
This workshop gives at an outline of an appreciation of community engagement strategies that organisations can use. Its core themes are the relationship between community engagement challenges along with supporting diversity, community partnership work and evaluating interventions.
3 December 10:00 - 15:00
Council budgets look likely to be under significant pressure until the end of the decade. This seminar will look at the implications of these longer term trends as well as the impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review for 2015/16.The seminar will cover the major changes to local government finance that came into operation in April 2013: the localisation of Business Rates and the expectation of councils generating local economic growth to help fund services. The impact on council budgets of the welfare reform changes; the Localism Act and any fresh or recent government initiatives and announcements will also be assessed.
4 December 09:30 - 16:00
This seminar looks at the steps local authorities can take to protect the most vulnerable in their communities, support the living standards of local people, and distribute the impacts of austerity and the proceeds of growth fairly. Giving a central role to Fairness Commissions as part of broader alliances with civil society and local communities, the focus is on how local authorities can build on and develop existing achievements now and beyond 2015.
Being an effective Councillor: ways of strengthening and sustaining personal resilience: Manchester Town Hall
4 December 09:30 - 15:30
Personal resilience is about maintaining a sense of wellbeing, being mentally strong, effectively meeting different demands and performing at one’s best on behalf of individuals, communities as well as being an effective leader. This is a very practical seminar that will provide each participant with methods and helpful ideas to manage the pressures they face and enable them to be able to maximise the positive aspects of being an elected member.
15 December 09:30 - 15:30
Participatory Appraisal (PA) is a method of consultation, designed to be none threatening and offer a fun and alternative method of gathering both qualitative and quantitative results. This training day is very practical and hands on, teaching delegates to enjoy consulting.