Professor Tony Travers from the London School of Economics delivered the keynote speech at Merton’s annual partnership conference yesterday (21 Jan). The professor is in the top 50 of the LGC100 list when it comes to the most powerful people in local government. Travers gave a one hour presentation to the conference and explored the latest government thinking on council financing.
At the conference, members of the Merton Partnership committed to continuing a collaborative approach to maintain the delivery of high quality services to Merton residents, despite funding reductions.
The theme for this year’s conference was ‘doing things differently’. Other speakers at the event included, Merton Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Alambritis , Merton Council Chief Executive, Ged Curran and the Chief Executive of the Merton Clinical Commissioning Group, Adam Doyle. Over 70 delegates from voluntary, community and public sector organisations and the business sector attended.
Leader of the council and chair of the Merton Partnership, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, said: “I would like to thank Tony for attending our conference and delivering an insightful speech. We have some testing times ahead of us but by coming together and working in partnership we are stronger and can deliver residents with quality services and provide good value for our taxpayers. ”