Engagement and Consultation for Council Budgets (in-house)

BRIEFING - Engagement and Consultation for Council Budgets

Intended to provide an up-to-date view of best practice in this area, with an emphasis on the lessons learnt from recent legal cases.

Subject to discussions with the client, the briefing will typically cover:

Introduction

  • Why consult on council budgets?
  • Origins and history
  • Legal requirements
  • What is changing
  • Why now?

Three fundamental problems

  • Budget literacy – understanding the numbers
  • The difference between budge shape and budget substance
  • Timescales – consultation Who? And When?

Lessons of recent case-law (judicial review)

  • Changes to governance (Sheffield and Christchurch legal cases)
  • Major changes (Nash and Peters)
  • Equality Impacts (W Berkshire, Bristol CC etc)

Is there a recommended model?

  • Existing custom and practice
  • Handling significant budget reductions (Northamptonshire CC recent case)
  • Required engagement and consultancy machinery

Conclusion

  • What does the public expect? 

Note:

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the subject but does now allow much time for discussion.  If the client requires a more interactive session, with opportunities to discuss how to apply these issues to a local situation – suggest the 3.5-hour workshop (see below).

 

 

WORKSHOP -  Engagement and Consultation for Council Budgets

This workshop is to help audience to become familiar with new developments affecting engagement and consultation for Council Budgets and to consider whether their current practice may need to be reviewed.

Subject to discussions with the client, the briefing will typically cover:

Session One: Introduction

  • What the public wants?
  • How do we consult on Council Budgets now?
  • Strengths and weaknesses of current approach

 Session Two: Fundamentals

  • Origins and history
  • Legal requirements
  • What is changing
  • Why now?

Session Three: Key Issues

  • Budget literacy – understanding the numbers
  • The difference between budget shape and budget substance
  • Timescales – consultation Who? And When?

Session Four: Lessons of recent case-law (judicial reviews)

  • Changes to governance (Sheffield and Christchurch legal cases)
  • Major changes (Nash and Peters)
  • Equality Impacts (W Berkshire, Bristol CC etc)
  • Handling significant budget reductions (Northamptonshire CC)

Session Five: Local application

  • How do we compare
  • Improvement strategies
  • What does the public expect?