Future Councils Roundtable – Leeds

Join DLUHC Local Digital on Wednesday 27 September in Leeds for our Future Councils Roundtable.

Over the last few months, we have been working closely with our 8 Future Councils pilot councils to explore the root causes behind what’s blocking them from becoming modern and resilient. Together have developed a series of problem statements which summarise the systemic challenges councils are facing.

Now, we’re taking the next step and inviting councils to our Future Councils Roundtable series. At four in-person events, we’ll share more of what we’ve learnt through the pilot, and talk through the problem statements in detail. We will then invite councils to share their experience, including whether they face similar challenges, and discuss potential solutions.

We’re keen to discuss and hear your feedback on the challenges identified through the pilot, which include:

  • Defining clear prioritisation across the array of critical services councils have to deliver
  • Making strong cases for investment, and overcoming cultural barriers and risks, both within a service area and across the council
  • Moving from reactivity to proactivity, and efficiently allocating funding to drive innovation while ensuring the needs of residents are consistently met
  • Overcoming siloed approaches to support effective, council-wide collaboration
  • Enabling council-wide digital transformation by closing the gap in skills
  • Incentivising the market to support effective service delivery within an ever changing landscape

You can read the problem statements in full on our website.

We are also hosting Roundtable events in:

Draft agenda

Note the agenda and timings are subject to change.

9.30am – Attendees arrive, teas and coffees

10am – Event kick-off and introduction from Local Digital

Presentation of learnings and problem statements

Workshop to:

  • Validate problem statements
  • Understand scale of problems and gather wider examples
  • Identify any solutions councils have tested


Presentation of shared cost impacts


  • Validate shared cost impacts
  • Understand scale of impact and gather wider examples
  • Identify any solutions councils have tested


Presentation on experiments and testing


  • Consider what we could test to unlock the problems on a bigger scale


Networking and Q&A

3:50pm – Wrap up

Who should attend?

The Roundtable events are open to anyone working in digital and cyber roles in councils, as well as council senior or strategic leaders (CEOs, Directors, Heads of Service, and other senior leaders). This event is not open to the wider sector (including membership bodies, voluntary sector organisations, suppliers and media).

If you are part of the wider sector, or can’t attend one of our events, you can share your feedback on the problem statements via the online forms on our website.

Spaces are limited to 50 places and registration will close at 11am on Monday 25 September 2023.

The location

We’re delighted to be holding the roadshow at The Thoresby Room, Leeds City Museum, Leeds.


Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know on the registration form.

Ask us a question

If you have any questions about this event, please email events@localdigital.gov.uk.