Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance


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We offer a series of free 60 minute webinars on a range of topics, allowing you to take a break, ask questions, make comments and improve your skills. Each one counts towards continuing professional development (CPD) and equates to one hour or one unit of CPD.

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Measuring a local authority's carbon footprint

12 November 2021

This webinar was hosted in conjunction with ADEPT. It focused on the ways in which councils understand and measure their carbon footprint, so that they can plan and prioritise actions to reduce their most significant sources of emissions.

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Capital strategy guidance 2021: A whole organisation approach

07 September 2021

This free webinar provided an introduction and overview of CIPFA's new guidance on capital strategy 2021.

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The crucial role of local authorities in addressing the housing crisis

25 August 2021

This online discussion set the scene on the current crisis, addressing housing issues that have arisen as a result of COVID-19, and those that were present before the pandemic. Perspectives from local authorities and housing associations were explored.

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Building the business case for renewable energy

21 July 2021

This webinar focussed on how place directors, finance directors and their teams can work together to build the business case for local authority investment in renewable energy generation and storage.

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The art of reorganisation

30 June 2021

With the scrapping of the devolution white paper, many may think that local government reorganisation has been put on the back burner. However, even without the prospect of devolution on the cards, reorganisation is being considered by several local authorities. In this webinar, we explored the drivers behind reorganisation, the impact it can have on stakeholders, and the practical considerations that must be kept in mind.

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Safeguarding in education and social care

5 May 2021

Safeguarding is a huge responsibility, often representing the difference between harm and safety for vulnerable children. This webinar, supporting the launch of Lessons Will Be Learned: Transforming Safeguarding in Education by Martin Baker and Mike Glanville, explored best practice and new approaches to safeguarding in education and social care settings.

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Working from home in the public finance profession

21 April 2021

Since March 2020, the public sector has shifted to mass working from home at a previously unheard of pace. This has impacted a huge variety of roles, including those of us working in public finance. Over one year on, spokespeople from across health and local government, all at different points in their careers, joined this webinar to share their experiences of working at home. As well as exploring their challenges and successes over the last year, our speakers looked to the future and gave their perspective.

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Sustainable procurement for places

31 March 2021

How can we harness the power of public procurement to meet the climate change challenge? Following its ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution, the government's recent green paper, 'Transforming public procurement,' set out its ambition for smarter and innovative procurement to drive key outcomes including tackling climate change. CIPFA and ADEPT can work together to help develop the skills and capacity that local authorities need to help deliver green recovery through sustainable procurement.

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Council tax reform in the age of COVID-19

29 March 2021

Local government finances have been synonymous with uncertainty over the past year. This webinar featured Joanne Pitt, CIPFA Local Government Policy Manager, and David Phillips, Institute for Fiscal Studies Associate Director. We examined the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on council tax collections, the prospects for the next few years, and the repercussions of relying on council tax increases for meeting spending pressures for different parts of the country and population. We also covered some of the weaknesses of this current funding and what might lie ahead – both for council tax, and its place in the wider local government finance system.

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Management accounting in public service decision making

4 March 2021

Public services across the world face the twin pressures of increasing demand for services coupled with tight constraints on the financial resources available. Major policy challenges, such as climate change and the impact of disruptive events, such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic only add to these pressures. This roundtable discussion featured Malcolm Prowle, who recently published his book Management Accounting in Public Service Decision Making, on the evolution of management accounting and its importance in the policymaking process.

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Addressing global inequalities in a post-COVID reality

19 February 2021

We are seeing more consideration of how public policy can address long-standing inequalities. Gender, age, ethnicity, income and geography are just a few of the dimensions where tensions have boiled over in waves of populism across the world. COVID-19 has magnified the divide between the haves and have-nots, leading to significantly different outcomes in health, education, social security and broader economic performance.

How can we respond to divergences in opportunities and resources in a way that improves the wellbeing of societies at large? What is the role that public finances play in ensuring that improvements are sustainable and touch the lives of those most marginalised?

This webinar featured CIPFA Chief Economist Jeffrey Matsu and Simon Gill from the Overseas Development Institute. They explored both the challenges and opportunities to tackling inequalities in a world where public resources are increasingly constrained.

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Towards net zero and a green recovery

3 December 2020

In this webinar, Committee on Climate Change Chair Lord Deben described the key role that local authorities have in reducing emissions and helping places adapt to a changing climate. He made recommendations to Government about how it can accelerate the delivery of net zero by local authorities, and recommendations to local authorities about how they can have the biggest impact. We heard from the ADEPT President about how Place Directors and Finance Directors need to work together, and about how one council has worked with the Carbon Trust to develop practical tools for integrating climate impact assessments into their policy and budget decisions.

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How to maintain high ethical standards and fight corruption in the public sector

November 2020

At a time when the public sector is facing increased strain as a result of the pandemic, maintaining high ethical standards should be front and centre in the minds of public finance professionals This webinar that brought together Dame Margaret Hodge MP, Rick Tazzini and Xantura to discuss the need to combat corruption in the public sector, ethical accounting and the importance of the ethical use of data.

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Impact of the 2020 Spending Review

10 November 2020

As the general public continues to feel the effects of the pandemic, this year's spending review will be an opportunity for reform that could influence people's lives for years to come. In this webinar, we heard from experts on how the upcoming spending review could impact their area of the public sector and what they need moving forward – with viewpoints from local government, health and social care.

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A place for prevention

8 October 2020

Placing emphasis on place-based prevention will help mitigate the heavy burden expected to fall on social care services in the coming years and safeguard them in the event that another crisis hits. In this webinar, we discussed the importance of local communities as the guiding force for reform, and the need to focus on prevention as an investment in the future. The event featured CIPFA Health and Social Care Policy Manager Dr Eleanor Roy, and speakers from the Royal Society for Public Health and Breaking Barriers Innovations.

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Beyond COVID-19 - What's next in adult social care transformation?

7 October, 2020

In a new report titled 'Beyond COVID: New thinking on the future of social care' the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) argue that despite the massive challenges facing the sector, this is time for bold reform. In a second of a series of webinars, partners CIPFA, Peopletoo and SCIE explored how sustainable transformation can be achieved in order to meet the very tough challenges facing the sector. As experts in finance, commissioning and social care practice, we recognise the demands facing social care leaders, as well as their aspirations to build back from COVID-19 to create a healthy and sustainable future for their communities. Critical success factors to achieving this were examined including a sustainable financial position, talented people and embedding an strengths asset based approach. Ewan King, (Deputy CEO of SCIE) both chaired and was a contributor, whilst Iain Baine (Director of Adult Services and Wellbeing, Calderdale Council) expanded upon some of the transformational work Calderdale are undertaking. They were joined by Maggie Kenney, CEO of Peopletoo, and CIPFA director John O'Halloran.

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Public sector performance reporting and sustainable development goals

24 September 2020

The United Nations' 2030 Development Agenda, more commonly known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is the pre-eminent framework guiding public policy worldwide. As climate change becomes an increasingly important factor in the decision making of governments, sustainability and performance reporting has grown in both relevance and importance for those working in public finance. Expectations are for that trend to continue. During this webinar, we discussed the latest frameworks in public sector performance reporting as it relates to the UN's SDGs, explore local government case studies around sustainable reporting and the future of sustainable reporting in the European context.

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The case for local government reorganisation

10 September 2020

The response to the COVID-19 crisis has revealed stark inequalities throughout local authority service provision in England and shone a spotlight on the need for change in how services are delivered to the people who need them most. One possible solution to this challenge is greater flexibility and decision-making powers for local government to respond to the needs of the citizenry. How can local government powers be further devolved to best meet the needs of their communities? This webinar featured CIPFA CEO Rob Whiteman, Theresa Grant from Northamptonshire County Council and Ian Knowles from West Lindsey District Council.

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The future of adult social care

12 August 2020

Reform of adult social care is long overdue and remains one of the thorniest issues of the UK political landscape. COVID-19 has clearly highlighted weaknesses in the sector's resilience and should act as a catalyst for reform. The shift in public perception of health and care services means there may never be a better time to consider what needs to be done to ensure the most vulnerable members of society are receiving the care they need. Join us in this webinar to discuss the past and present of adult social care, and what reforms must take place in a world that has been significantly changed as a result of the pandemic.

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The importance of non-executive directors in a post-COVID world

15 July 2020

In a time of increasing uncertainty and change, the leadership and experience provided by non-executive directors will be essential. Our discussion explored the importance of NEDs, their key roles and responsibilities and why the position will become even more crucial in a post-COVID world. CIPFA CEO Rob Whiteman, Non-Executive Director for the Department for Education Irene Lucas, and Non-Executive Directors' Association Chairman Graham Durgan joined us to share their experiences as NEDs and provide insights for those considering pursuing NED roles.

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Social Care: Recovery and reform webinar after COVID-19

8 July 2020

CIPFA, SCIE and Peopletoo recognise that finance and social care leaders are facing enormous challenges in the coming months and years ahead. This webinar brought together strategic decision-makers across all channels of social care delivery to address pivotal aspects to the recovery and reform of children and adult social care services. CEOs, CFOs and Directors of Children's Services explored the key challenges of commissioning, anticipating and planning for demand the challenges of financing social care from the corporate centres position. A panel session followed providing further insights and strategies in response to these key themes.

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Decision making in a VUCA environment

2 July 2020

COVID-19 has posed a series of unexpected challenges to many different sectors and organisations. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity – even in pre-COVID times, this could form a recipe for disaster within an organisation. CIPFA's Brendan McCarron and Benjamin Taylor from Red Quadrant join us in this webinar focused on how to make the best decisions for yourself and your organisation in a VUCA environment.

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Understanding the economic impacts of COVID-19: Macro and local government perspectives

18 June 2020

Join Jeffrey Matsu, CIPFA Chief Economist, and David Phillips, IFS Associate Director, as they discuss the macro economic impacts of COVID-19 and its implications for local government. Jeff will provide a context for assessing the risks and opportunities that lay ahead for governments, businesses and households while David will discuss financial resilience and regional spending patterns using recent survey data.

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The fraud implications of COVID-19

4 June 2020

As in any crisis, fraudsters will be making the most of COVID-19 to take advantage of those who are seeking help. As public sector finance professionals, we must do everything we can to prevent fraud and mitigate against it occurring again in the future. In a continuation of a previous fraud webinar focused on the impact of COVID-19, CIPFA's Head of Counter Fraud Policy and Strategy Laura Hough and Neil Green from the Government Internal Audit Agency provide an updated perspective two months into the pandemic. Those who attend will hear about current fraud risks, and what public sector professionals should expect to see as the crisis continues.

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How to be an effective leader in a crisis

29 May 2020

Providing effective leadership within your organisations is critical – especially in times of unprecedented crisis. Sir Michael Barber, former Head of the Prime Minister Tony Blair's Delivery Unit, and Joanna Killian, CEO of Surrey County Council, share their experiences and advice on how to overcome unexpected challenges in this timely webinar focused on crisis management.

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Personal resilience in a crisis

22 May 2020

How can leaders drive the objectives of their organisations while maintaining their own personal resilience during a time of crisis? The COVID-19 pandemic has created a whirlwind of unexpected challenges across many different sectors. Remaining resilient in the face of an unprecedented crisis can be more difficult than ever as the lockdown continues without end in sight.

Industry leaders including CIPFA CEO Rob Whiteman, Kirsty Hannah from Nicholson McBride and Brendan McCarron from CIPFA provide expert insight and advice on how to be a resilient leader during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Local government in the age of COVID-19: How to deal with short term cash crises

19 May 2020

Amid an unprecedented global pandemic, local authorities are facing greater financial pressures than ever before. This webinar provides expert insight into the challenges of balancing local authority budgets; the role and responsibilities of the s.151 officer and consideration of potential s.114 notices. Speakers include CIPFA President Carolyn Williamson, CIPFA Associate Director Andrew Burns and Local Government Association Deputy Chief Executive Sarah Pickup.

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