the ever-changing face of local government.
The conference, which is being held at Gateshead Civic Centre on Thursday
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
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
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.