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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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Fracking: The case for and against

6 May 10:00 - 16:00

There are currently 176 Petroleum Exploration Development Licences for onshore oil and gas in the UK. The new round of onshore licensing, which will be complete by the summer, will likely double the area currently under exploration, and especially enlarge the areas in which unconventional energy sources are sought. This seminar examines the case for and against fracking from a local government perspective, dealing in particular with: Climate change impacts, the potential economic benefits to local communities, environmental risks and other local impacts, the regulatory regime and alternative energy sources.

Being an effective Councillor Supporting other Councillors: Being a Mentor

25 June 09:30 - 15:30

Delivering the role of a Councillor requires high levels of knowledge, skill and approach. On being elected or on becoming a Cabinet member an individual is likely to bring to the role a great degree of expertise. However, it is also likely to be the case that some skill gaps need to be quickly developed in order to be effective beyond doubt. With this in mind, mentoring provides a proven real life cost effective learning experience which can be used to support and accelerate the development of fellow Councillors. This seminar will be of value to all elected members who are in a position to impart wisdom and experience to others. The seminar will include material suitable for the Mentor and Mentees.

Coast to Capital Construction Summit

26 June 09:00 - 12:00

LGiU and CITB, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction sector, will host a Construction Summit at Hove Town Hall. This event will be kindly hosted by Cllr Jason Kitcat, Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council and will focus on the Coast to Capital LEP region. It is part of a national series of ten events.

Understanding Communities through Participatory Appraisal

30 June 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.

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

24 July 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.

An Introduction to Local Government Finance

11 September 09:30 - 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 announced by the Chancellor in June.

Councillor Training: Chairing Skills

25 September 10:00 - 15:00

This programme is essential for elected members who chair meetings. It is ideal for those who need to develop their skills – either as chair or as a participant of formal and informal meetings. The course will help delegates understand the factors that go to make an effective meeting, including: preparation; questioning; listening; summarising skills; and the importance of body language.