Social Care Conference 2019

Charity finance policy Financial sustainability Governance, regulation and compliance Accounting and reporting Tax and VAT

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Mills & Reeve - Birmingham
74-84 Colmore Row
Birmingham B3 2AB

If your charity is directly providing social care services this event is an essential chance to get up to date with the big issues affecting social care, from inevitable funding issues and how you can manage funding in a better way, as well as the latest policy, legal and regulatory changes.

This day is designed for finance professionals, senior executives and trustees in social care delivery organisations to understand the pressing issues and find out how the regulatory and legislative changes could affect you.

This is a unique opportunity to meet with other charity professionals working in the social care space, discuss challenges, and share ideas and inspiration for a better operating environment now and in the future.

See below for the full programme.

Early bird discount is available to CFG members for a limited time only, so don’t miss out.

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Annette Baines, Programme Director - Recruitment and Retention, Skills for Care

Molly Sanghera, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve

Robert Warne, Partner, Head of VAT, Crowe UK

Graeme Betts, Corporate Director - Adult Social Care, Birmingham City Council

David Ainsworth, Sector Specialist, Charity Finance Group

Kate Watkins, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeves

Richard Sagar, Chair, Charity Finance Group

Kathy Evans, CEO, Children England

Richard Evans, Partner, Head of Risk and Assurance, Crowe UK LLP


Registration and refreshments


Welcome from the Chair



Richard Sagar, CFG



Funding is one of the biggest challenges that those working in social care face. The session will look at the challenges of funding to the sector, as well as the issue of organisations taking on contracts that do not fully cover costs. The session will also consider different funding models for social care.

Kathy Evans, Chief Executive, Children England


Break for refreshments


The challenges in the Social Care sector

David Ainsworth will speak about the major issues in the Social Care charity sector as featured in the press over the last year and some of the systemic challenges of the sector. 

David Ainsworth, Charity Finance Group


Legal update

This session will equip you with knowledge on the latest developments on a variety of legal issues that impact the provision of social care, such as Liberty Protection Safeguards and employment law.

Molly Sanghera, Senior Associate & Kate Watkins, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve




A perspective from a Local Government Authority

A Local Government Authority will give their viewpoint of working with social care providers, discussing the main challenges faced, how contracts are created, and what they look for in potential suppliers/partners.

Graeme Betts, Corporate Director - Adult Social Care, Birmingham City Council


Recruitment and retention in the social care sector

Finding and keeping good staff is a big challenge for social care providers. This session will explore recruitment issues in the sector including the challenges organisations face, ideas for recruitment and retention initiatives and good practice examples.

Annette Baines, Programme Director - Recruitment and Retention, Skills for Care


Refreshment break


Impact - improving your measurement and evaluation

Impact can be incredibly hard to monitor, especially when the results are intangible or when the organisation provides end of life care. This session will look at the challenges social care organisations face and offer advice and examples of how to improve impact measurement and evaluation.

Richard Evans, Partner, Head of Risk and Assurance, Crowe UK LLP


The finances - reliefs and best practice

This final session will look at the various VAT reliefs that social care providers can make use of as well as best practice concerning the personal accounts of those in care.

Robert Warne, Partner, Head of VAT, Crowe UK


Chair's close and conference ends

Charities - Members£109.00
Charities - Non-members£152.00
Corporate - Members£249.00
Individual - Members£109.00
Individual - Non-members£152.00
Community Leisure UK - members£109.00
HTN - members£109.00

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