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Innovate Improve Invest: Delivering Public Services Differently
IEWM 4th Annual Conference

More information: IEWM website

Location: Birmingham

Date: Friday 5 December 2014
The IEWM's Annual Conference on 5th December is fast approaching and we are pleased to be able to share with you some details of the value packed programme we have been preparing for you.

We are once again delighted to welcome Carolyn Downs, Chief Executive of the Local Government Association to provide the LGA's perspective on current sector challenges and the collective 'ask' from government in the run up to the forthcoming General Election.

Our main conference sponsor, Virgin Media, will offer some exciting insights into local authority use of technology and how this is bringing genuine innovation to day to day service delivery.

The event will be chaired by Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, President of SOLACE and Chair of the IEWM Board.

Mark, Carolyn and Cllr Paul Middlebrough, Leader of Wychavon DC, will host a plenary session with delegates focused upon how we can 'up the ante' for the Sector Led Improvement agenda and secure even more value from our collaborative approach in the future.

We will be hosting an exciting marketplace with around 15 partners from the public, private and voluntary sector to showcase what is out there to help us ‘Innovate, Improve and Invest' in local public services.

We are also working hard to deliver a programme of topical workshops, allowing plenty of time for questions and debate.

This year the afternoon sessions will focus on the following themes:

  • Devolution and the Economy – what's next?
  • Adult Social Care and Health Integration
  • Social Finance models and Social Value
  • Children's Safeguarding and Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Digital Technology and Open Data

This is a major public sector conference, a great networking opportunity and a chance to debate the most burning issues and challenges in the provision of local public services both in the run up to the General Election and beyond.

If you haven't yet registered, don't delay as the places are being booked fast. 

Oh, and don't forget to share this with your colleagues who you know would really like to attend!

Download the programme for this event (PDF, 3 pages, 86KB)


Safer and Stronger Communities 2014: Tackling Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour

More information: Inside Government website 

Location: Central London

Date: Thursday 11 December 2014


This  forum will examine how the government is currently reforming the criminal justice system to create empowered communities. Through a combination of policy lead and innovative, case study based sessions, delegates will learn methods to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour such as through using community triggers and restorative justice methods alongside creating effective partnerships to develop targeted interventions.


Delegates who will have an interest in attending this forum will include heads of community services, heads of engagement, heads of crime reduction, community safety managers, youth justice officers, heads of criminal justice boards, restorative justice coordinators, probation officers, police commissioners and will be drawn from central government, local government, police authorities, community safety partnerships, the housing sector, local criminal justice boards and the voluntary and community sector.

LGA guest speaker

Ann Lucas, Chair of the LGA's Safer and Stronger Communities Board will be giving the keynote address at 10.00am entitled 'Creatiing and maintaining effective partnerships to tackle and prevent crime'.