Solace Masterclass: Understanding the Landscape in a Post-CLG Devolution Bill World


26 Feb 2016


Grant Thornton Offices
No 1 Whitehall Riverside



This event was jointly hosted by

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Aim of the event

With the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act on the verge of receiving Royal Assent along with the tough Local Government Settlement announced, the landscape is even more challenging for Councils in 2016 and beyond. The purpose of this Masterclass is to share knowledge and understanding of the changes which the Act presents councils with in areas such as boundary reorganisation, funding social care and wider service delivery for citizens.

Grant Thornton and Bevan Brittan have partnered for this event to share our thoughts around the financial and legal options facing Local Authorities along with examples from across the country. We hope you can attend this Masterclass to learn from and network with Solace colleagues along with sharing experiences and knowledge.


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Registration and Refreshments


Welcome and Introduction to the Masterclass

Host: Paul Dossett, Partner and Head of Local Government, Grant Thornton UK LLP


Reforging Local Government
Building from their recent research publications, Grant Thornton will discuss the future for local government in the context of continued austerity, public service reform and devolution.

Speakers: Paul Dossett, Head of Local Government, Grant Thornton UK LLP and
Guy Clifton, Head of Local Government Advisory, Grant Thornton UK LLP

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To download the Reforging Local Government, 2020 Vision, and Making Devolution Work reports, please click on the relevant links below:


New Ways of Working and Challenges for Local Authorities
With Combined Authorities and Economic Prosperity Boards able to exercise wider public functions (with the blessing of the Secretary of State), what are the boundaries of how such bodies could operate; how will they interface with local authorities; and also wider organisations such as Health, Sub-national Transport Bodies and Police and Crime Commissioners. Integration and collaboration must play their part as well as considering investment in land and property, alternative service delivery models, housing vehicles and income generation to try to get the books to balance.

Speakers: Judith Barnes, Partner, Bevan Brittan LLP, and
Frances Woodhead, Partner, Bevan Brittan LLP

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Devolution On The Ground – a perspective

Speaker: Theresa Grant, Chief Executive, Trafford Council

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Chair's Summary


Masterclass ends with lunch