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Local government is hugely important to all of us. They are one of the UK’s biggest employers and the work they do affects all of us on a daily basis, from the taxes they charge on households and businesses to the public services they provide
—Stephen Fitzgerald, public sector network panel, ACCA

David Blunkett and Margaret Hodge to speak at ACCA event

Two of the country’s most recognised MPs are to speak at ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Local Government Summit in London on Thursday 17 October. They will be speaking on issues including local government finance and issues faced by those working in local government. 

Mr Blunkett and Mrs Hodge have more than 35 years experience between them in local government, and will be joined by fellow speakers: 

  • Dr Tony Travers, director, Greater London Group, London School of Economics;
  • Hugh Grover, director of fair funding, performance and procurement, London Councils;
  • Michael Burton, editorial director, Municipal Journal; 
  • Dermot Joyce, chief executive, Liberata; 
  • Christine Gilbert CBE, interim chief executive, Brent Council; 
  • Prof. Malcolm Prowle, professor at college of business law and social sciences, Nottingham Trent University; 
  • Rashpal Kaur Singh, director, Harvey Nash. 

Stephen Fitzgerald of the ACCA Public Sector Network Panel said: 'The panel of speakers have a huge amount of local government experience from both inside and outside. They will provide a fascinating insight into all the topics being covered and we are confident that the programme will provide a good mixture of topical discussion, member engagement and motivational careers advice. I hope as many people as possible, not just ACCA members take this opportunity to hear from some of the country’s leading local government experts.

'Local government is hugely important to all of us. They are one of the UK’s biggest employers and the work they do affects all of us on a daily basis, from the taxes they charge on households and businesses to the public services they provide.'

The Local Government summit will be held at Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The event is open to non-ACCA members.

A drinks reception, sponsored by Allen Lane, will be held after the event. 

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