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Forthcoming events

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.

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Community Engagement in the current climate

27 January 09:30 - 16:00

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.

Being an effective Councillor: Influencing Skills

11 February 09:30 - 16:00

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.

Understanding Communities through Participatory Appraisal: Oldham

18 February 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.

An Introduction to Local Government Finance: Newcastle-under-Lyme

19 February 09:30 - 15:30

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.

Being an effective Councillor: ways of strengthening and sustaining personal resilience

23 February 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.