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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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For more information, please contact:

Ray Allger, ACCA UK Newsroom
+ 44 (0)20 7059 5788
+44 (0) 7540 919 819
ray.allger@accaglobal.com

Notes to Editors

  1. For more information, or to book a place on the Local Government Summit, visit the 'Related Links' section, left of this article.
  2. ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. 
  3. We support our 162,000 members and 428,000 students in 170 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of over 89 offices and centres and more than 8,500 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. 
  4. Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. We believe that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. Our values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and we ensure that through our qualifications, we prepare accountants for business. We seek to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating our qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers.