Local Authority Challenge 2019
The third North East Local Authority Challenge event will be held on Thursday 28 November 2019 at Durham County Cricket Club, Chester-Le-Street – 2019 LA Challenge – What’s It All About
The Local Authority Challenge will offer you, as an aspiring (or new) manager a rare opportunity to gain exposure to issues outside of your normal working life and to give you a taste of what senior management is like.
The challenge is open to teams of up to six people from any area of the public sector. You will spend the day as the management team of one of four fictional local authorities. These four authorities (referred to as ‘independent authorities’ (IA’s) for the context of the challenge) are all located on the Isle of Linfolk, a fictional island off the coast of East Anglia.
This year these local authorities are based on the ‘unitary’ model albeit with a few bespoke changes to ensure that the playing field, in terms of knowledge and experience, is as level as possible. More detail on this will be provided in your joining instructions and on the challenge day itself.
Needless to say all four councils have issues that need resolving! This has not been helped by the resignation/removal of the previous senior management team. You are one of their replacements!
Throughout the day you will encounter many of the tasks that a real senior management team would deal with.
You will have to work as a team, with neighbouring councils and with partner organisations to deliver a new strategy for the council. You will need to deal with the Council leader, the media and a wide range of other interested parties (including local businesses and members of the public).
Ultimately, you will have to choose which areas to prioritise, decide how to deal with politically sensitive issues and still keep your focus on how to give the public the best services with limited resources.