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Roundtable: building organisational resilience

Category: Events
Published: 23 May 2023

We all know how difficult it is to run district councils amid ever tighter budgets and changing demand for services. So how can we make our organisations more resilient to ensure our services successfully support our communities?

The DCN is delighted to announce we will be holding a roundtable on building organisational resilience, in partnership with Capita. It will take place in Westminster, London on Friday, 16 June at 10.45am for an 11am start. Our discussion will be followed by an informal lunch.

The roundtable is intended to spur debate and the sharing of best practice on how best district councils can respond, using technology, data and the development of staff to build service resilience. Themes likely to emerge in our discussion include:

  • The nature of the looming challenges – including financial constraint – to which district councils must respond
  • How to build a strong, reliable, skilled workforce which is responsive and prepared for priorities changing at short notice
  • Creating flexible structures that can respond to unexpected events and fluctuating demand
  • Using data to forecast changes in demand and working out how to respond
  • The role of new technology and how it can take on much of the strain.

The focus will be on sharing knowledge and practical tips on district councils’ challenges, and on how best we can support our teams to deliver flexibly, particularly in response to the cost-of-living crisis.

We are looking for up to 15 representatives from district councils to participate in what should be a thought-provoking discussion. Among the participants we are seeking are chief executives, finance officers, data specialists, human resources leads and leaders.

Should you or a colleague wish to attend, please email dcn@local.gov.uk, with the subject line, ‘Roundtable attendance’.

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