The MJ Future Forum North - Agenda

Our producers are researching the agenda for 2024. Check out the content programme below from our event in 2023 at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.

Thursday 07 December 2023


Registration & Buffet lunch

12:30 - 13:45


13:55 - 14:00

Mike Burton, Director Editor of The MJ will introduce the event and give us a taster of what's to come and what to expect.


Can a re-fixed audit system help prevent the next council failure?

14:00 - 14:35

Helping or hindering: is regulation restricting our freedom to deliver?

15:10 - 15:45


15:45 - 16:05

Integrating data to better understand demand in Adult Social Care

16:05 - 16:40

Multiple care agencies and organisations across the Adult Social Care sector generate significant amounts of data that is not always visible or available to councils or citizens. The clear lack of visible capacity data, for example, means council teams struggle to find care quickly, affects hospital discharge capability and adds to the burden of worry for families across the UK caring for aging and frail loved ones. These delays can lead to significant escalation in associated costs and require additional care needs – which can be delivered by community and social value organisations. This session, supported by Pairly and MyFolks, will explore how working aross public, private and social value organisations can provide access and insight to key data that will help identify hidden demand to help prevent unplanned overspend, support accurate budget forecasting and offer the opportunity of community intervention to ease the pressure on the system, tax payers and council teams. 


The Autumn Statement and the public finances

16:40 - 17:15

Networking drinks reception

19:15 - 19:45

Networking charity dinner

19:45 - 21:30

Friday 08 December 2023



08:55 - 09:00

Heather Jameson, Editor of The MJ welcomes us into Day 2 of The MJ Future Forum North, sharing the agenda for the day.


Challenges and opportunities for the sector in 2024

09:00 - 09:35

Left of bang or right of bang? Risk, adaptation, and resilience in a post covid world.

10:15 - 10:50

Getting ‘left of bang’ means getting ahead of a risk or an opportunity, understanding it, and then taking appropriate actions to mitigate or capitalise on it… but getting left of bang is difficult, because it also involves thinking about things in unconventional ways and taking atypical actions. In this session, Karl Limbert, Director of Strategy for EQUANS UK&I, looks at the key strategic issues, including climate risk, technological change, and the future of work, and draws on insights from diverse disciplines including military tactics,  popular music, and economics to find answers.



10:50 - 11:10

Will Oflog lead to a better governance - or will it increase risk aversion?

11:10 - 11:45

With the new watchdog expanding its remit, there are fears of overreach. While in theory Oflog should help councils achieve better governance, its presence may mean that leadership teams feel inhibited and less prepared to innovate and invest to improve their finances.