Past Conferences

Independent Group at the LGA Annual Conference & Exhibition 2017
4-6 July, International Conference Centre, Birmingham

Attended every year by over 1,200 delegates, 130 speakers and 120 exhibitors, the LGA’s Annual Conference is the biggest event in the local government calendar.

Highlights of our Group political sessions and networking opportunities included:

  • Political Plenary session with Leanne Wood AM, Leader of Plaid Cymru
  • Annual Dinner with Martin Bell OBE as guest speaker
  • Housing session discussing how to make best use of council land and assets, with Natalie Elphicke OBE, Chief Executive of the Housing and Finance Institute and Brian Reynolds, Director of One Public Estate as speakers and Lord Victor Adebowale CBE MA as Chair
  • Two new motions passed by the group in regards to gender equality and the safety of our residents.

Session slides

  • Social Media Workshop on Twitter facilitated by the Leadership Consultant Seltzer Cole.

 I attended this year's LGA conference, and it was one of the best I have attended. The sessions on housing, both social and private were of particular interest to me, and I learned a lot. The plenaries were very interesting, although I was disappointed with the Secretary of State shifting the blame. Excellent organisation and excellent venue.

Cllr Shirley Pannell (Ind), North Kesteven District Council

Independent Group Annual Conference 2016

18 November, Layden House, London

Our annual conference is attended every year by over 100 delegates, between Councillors, Members of Parliament, Lords and Police and Crime Commissioners, from the different political affiliations in Group representation, including Independent, Residents Association, Green, UKIP and Plaid Cymru.

Independent Group at LGA Annual Conference 2016

The Local Government Association's annual conference is the biggest event in the local government calendar, annually attracting over 1,300 delegates.

The 2016 Conference was the first major local government event to take place after the UK's referendum on membership of the EU and came at a pivotal time for Local Government as we looked at the post Spending Review landscape and how the new devolution agenda is bedding in. 

As usual, the Independent Group also hosted a number of political sessions and networking opportunities for Group Members only. Presentations from the two main political sessions can be found below:

Political session 1: "The delivery of Affordable Housing: make it sustainable and socially innovative"

Political session looking at the role of design in enabling quality of life and social innovation and how this should be a key consideration for affordable housing and housing for more vulnerable people.

Chair: Cllr Julian German, Deputy Chair of the LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board

Political session 2: "The Future of Health Prevention"

Session looking at the future of Public Health, how it fairs as part of devolution deals and what lies ahead for mental health.

Chair: Cllr Gillian Ford, Deputy Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Portfolio

Wales Independent Councillors Conference 2015

2 October, The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod, Powys

The conference gave delegates the opportunity to hear from leading local government colleagues, discuss important current issues and share experiences through networking. Browse the


LGA Independent Group Conference 2015

16 November, Local Government House, London

Hot topics on the programme this year included the Spending Review and future funding, devolution and city deals, further reductions to authorities' public health grant, housing and planning, counter-extremism, and key addresses on the future of local government from LGA Chairman Lord Porter of Spalding, CBE and new LGA Chief Executive Mark Lloyd.

The highlight of the conference was a discussion session on devolution with Caroline Lucas MP, Douglas Carswell MP, Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl and Cllr Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member, chaired by Professor Colin Copus, De Montfort University. Browse the


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Vanessa Chagas
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Greater Essex Devolution Conversation Event

Friday 12 February, 1pm – 4:30pm Chelmsford City Council

Devolution is happening and changing the way areas are governed across the country. This event will give you an important opportunity to put forward how you think Devolution should be delivered in Greater Essex. View the full programme.