20 Feb

Spending Review 2019 – threats and opportunities for London’s voluntary sector

Guildhall, entrance via 71 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5DH

A working conference to understand the threats and opportunities posed by the Government’s Spending Review 2019 for London’s voluntary sector.

Booking is now closed. For further information please contact [email protected]

The Government has announced a major Spending Review which will set the overall amount of money it spends on public services for the next five years. It is expected to come into effect from the Budget in November 2019.

The run up to the review presents a major opportunity to influence the Government’s thinking on the funding of local services provided by the statutory and voluntary sectors in London.

 London Funders and London Councils would like to engage the voluntary sector across London to:

  • Raise awareness of the Spending Review and its importance to London and Londoners
  • Develop a coalition between the voluntary sector and the capital's local authorities to influence the review
  • Share ideas on how we best work together to meet Londoners' needs.


  • Guy Ware
  • James Banks
  • Tracey Lazard
  • Catherine Dunn from London Councils presented on the Pan-London Refuges Data Collection Project, a project delivered by Women's Aid and funded by London Councils. Women's Aid have developed an interactive dashboard using data from Routes to Support, the UK-wide refuges vacancies database. The dashbaord provides analysis on provision across London and the movement of women  in and out of refuge accommodation. The data is made available to local authorities and other London partners to support local commissioning and develop strategic work on refuge provision in London. For more information, please contact Women's Aid at [email protected]


All groups available here 

Registration and refreshments

Opening address by Cllr Philip Glanville, chair of London Councils' Grants Committee and Mayor of Hackney

Welcome from Catherine McGuinness, chair of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation.

What is the Spending Review and how can we influence it? by Guy Ware, director of finance and performance, London Councils

Building a coalition for London by James Banks, director, London Funders

Half an hour of hope - hear from a variety of organisations who have run successful campaigns lobbying for Government funding

Coffee break and networking

Working session looking at:
• Where has austerity had the biggest impact?
• Have we been able to offset this by successful lobbying?
• Have we been able to offset this by successful co-design?
• How can we best use these lessons to influence the Spending Review?

Summary by Yolande Burgess, Strategy Director Young People's Education and Skills, London Councils

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