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Bob Neill to speak at ACSeS Development Forum

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Government minister Bob Neill has been confirmed as a speaker at the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors’ Annual Development Forum next week.

Neill is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). His main responsibilities at the Department are local government and planning, fire and resilience, and the Thames Gateway and the Olympics.

The keynote address at the Forum – which will be held from 15-17 November in Southampton – will also be given by David Prout, Localism Director General at the DCLG.

The conference will include plenary sessions on the Localism Bill, the role of social enterprise and mutuals in the Big Society, a round-up of recent local government case law, and the importance of being a local government lawyer.

There will also be a number of workshops, dealing with issues such as England’s new public health system, the general power of competence, freedom of information, and managing the employment and corporate governance aspects of major change.

For more information, go to the ACSeS website.