WLGA Annual Conference 2018


Thursday 28 June 2018

Venue Cymru, Llandudno


Change and uncertainty currently reign supreme in Welsh politics.

Within such a backdrop there is plenty to discuss; councils find themselves grappling with questions on the very survival of health and social care services, how best to tackle poverty in an age of austerity, and the spectre of local government reform.

The WLGA’s Annual Conference will this year will take place almost exactly 70 years since the founding of the National Health Service. As both the NHS and social care face myriad questions about their survival in the face of daunting challenges – including not least the extra £340 million needed for social services by 2022 - the annual conference promises to trigger a fascinating discussion on the future of both the NHS and social care.

Local government reform has yet again leaped to the top of the political agenda, and the conference will be sure to set the scene for an honest and robust discussion about localism and the future shape of local democracy and accountability.

The scourge of poverty in Welsh communities will also dominate the conference, as recent statistics show a quarter of people in Wales living in relative poverty. Conference will hear how new technologies and innovation can be harnessed to contribute to tackle poverty, in addition to learning of how policy areas are affected by the implications of poverty.

With contributions from leading thinkers, politicians, renowned figures in academia and senior representatives from local government, the WLGA Annual Conference promises to be an unmissable date in the Welsh public affairs calendar.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Councillor Debbie Wilcox, WLGA Leader
  • Alun Davies AM, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services
  • Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care
  • Rhun ap Iorwerth AM
  • Janet Finch-Saunders AM
  • Gerald Holtham,
  • Campbell Robb, Chief Executive. Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Professor Roger Awan-Scully, Cardiff University


A conference dinner will be held – also at Venue Cymru - with after dinner speaker Carolyn Hitt (Journalist and Broadcaster).


Who should attend?

  • Senior councillors and officers, WLGA Member Authorities
  • Representatives from public sector organisations
  • Representatives from third sector organisations
  • Representatives from the private sector


Booking is now open for this event - please visit this page to complete a booking form

Please click here to see the conference programme



  • £75.00 (+VAT) per delegate: WLGA Members and Associate Members
  • £119.00 (+VAT) per delegate: Third Sector
  • £195.00 (+VAT) per delegate: Public Sector
  • £245.00 (+VAT) per delegate: Private Sector


Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Contact wlga.conference@eesolutions.co.uk for further information.




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