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Gateshead is playing host to a major conference this week that will focus on ...
Gateshead is playing host to a major conference this week that will focus on

the ever-changing face of local government.

The conference, which is being held at Gateshead Civic Centre on Thursday

will address the continuing reform agenda for local

authorities, outlined in the local government white paper.

The reforms aim to continually drive up standards in public services, make

local authorities more responsive to the needs of the community, provide

effective leadership, and work more in partnership with other organisations

and groups.

The conference is set to be attended by delegates from local authorities

from the Scottish Borders down to Teesside, as well as by trade union and District

Audit representatives.

The event has been jointly organised by the North East Regional Employers'

Association, the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) and the

Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR).

Keynote speeches will be made by Tony Redpath, the DTLR's chief civil

servant leading on the white paper; Gareth Davies of the Audit Commission,

Mike Reardon, modernisation officer of the DTLR and Martin Horton of IdeA.

John Hird, who is vice chair of the North East Regional

Employers' Association and a Gateshead councillor, will open the conference.

Delegates will also take part in a series of workshops aiming to increase

their awareness of the government reforms.

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