Scottish Local Authority Transport: The funding and policy challenges ahead

Name of Meeting: Scottish Local Authority Transport: The funding and policy challenges ahead
Date: Tue, 28/02/2012 - 09:00 - 17:00
Type: This meeting is public.
Venue: Verity House,
19 Haymarket Yards,
Edinburgh

Crawford Beveridge’s ‘Independent Budget Review’ and the findings of the Christie Commission highlighted significant issues for local government in Scotland.

What are the implications of Beveridge’s comments on funding and Christie’s focus on ‘directing resources at preventative measures’ for transport services in Scotland?

This one day conference is an opportunity for all those involved in the provision and delivery of transport in Scotland to consider the financial and policy challenges and to discuss the way forward.  

Topics to be covered:

  • Deciding transport priorities with diminishing resources
  • The Strategic Picture
  • Can the Christie Commission’s focus on “directing resources at preventative measures” help deliver better transport outcomes?
  • Panel Debate – Transport budgetary pressures, policies and priorities

 

Agenda

0900       Registration
1000       Chair’s Welcome

Session 1 – Deciding transport priorities with diminishing resources

1005       Speaker 1: John McLaren, Honorary Professor, Centre for Public Policy for Regions

                Topic: The scale of the transport financial challenge ahead

1025       Speaker 2: Marshall Poulton, Head of Transport, City of Edinburgh Council

                & Vice Chair, Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS)

                Topic: Managing transport service provision in the face of reduced budgets

1045       Speaker 3: Claire Sweeney, Portfolio Manager – Performance Audit Group, Audit Scotland 

                Topic: Transport for health and social care

1105       Question and Answer Session followed by refreshments

 

Session 2 – The Strategic Picture

1145       Chair’s Welcome Back

1150       Ministerial Address: Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Housing and Transport, Scottish Government

1210       Speaker 1: Dr James Cooper, Senior Research Fellow, Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University

                Topic to be confirmed

1235       Question and Answer Session followed by lunch

 

Session 3 – Can the Christie Commission’s focus on “directing resources at preventative measures” help deliver better transport outcomes?

1345       Chair’s Welcome Back

1350       Speaker 1: Councillor Alison Hay, Chair of COSLA’s Regeneration and Sustainable Development

                Executive Group

                Topic to be confirmed

1410       Speaker 2: Bob McLellan, Head of Transportation, Fife Council

                Topic: The costs and consequences of unusual events – from flooding and severe weather to

                asset failure

1430       Speaker and topic to be confirmed 

1450       Refreshments

 

Panel Debate – Transport budgetary pressures, policies and priorities

1515       Panellist 1: Councillor Russell Imrie, Chair of Planning, Midlothian Council

Panellist 2: Transport User Group to be confirmed

Panellist 3: Transport Consultancy to be confirmed