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Engage 2024: Influencing the new Government and Parliament - Online conference on Thursday 17 October

Welcome to the fourth year of Engage – DSC’s annual online conference for all those wishing to influence the people in power.

This year, we have a special event as we navigate the changes to come with a brand new government after the Labour party won a decisive majority in the 4 July General Election. Sir Keir Starmer became Prime Minister and many of his early Cabinet appointments have experience in the charity sector, showing a promising start and lots of opportunity.

Influencing policy and politicians can be a highly effective way to bring about change for your beneficiaries, but navigating the constantly changing policy environment can be a challenge. Join sector experts and charity leaders for a day of discussion and insights about the current landscape, key changes since the last government, and a look at what’s to come.

A mix of case studies, panel discussions and keynote sessions help you stay up-to-date on changes, trends and best-practice in the ever-changing world of influencing policy and politicians.

Who should attend?

  • Anyone in the charity sector seeking to influence policy & politicians
  • Those looking to influence central government, parliament, select committees, local government institutions or any other key players in the policy sphere
  • Policy, advocacy & campaigning experts in the voluntary sector
  • Charity leaders, trustees & board members directly involved in or overseeing advocacy & influencing efforts by their organisations

What’s included in the price? 

  • Attendance to the online conference, keynote session, session talks  
  • Access to all presentations and handouts 


Event chair:  Andrew Purkis, Trustee, DSC

09.30 – 09.35:  Welcome – Join us for introductions and housekeeping rules

09.35 – 10.00: Opening keynote: Labour’s first 100 days. The first Labour government in 14 years has been in power for just over 100 days – what’s it done so far, what’s changed, and how does this affect the charity sector?
Speaker: Jay Kennedy, Director of Policy and Research, DSC.

10.00 – 11.00: Understanding the new parliament and how to influence your local MP. Learn more about the make-up of the new parliament, including key committees and all-party groups, and top tips for influencing MPs.

11.00 – 11.15: Break

11:15 – 12:00: Delving into the King’s Speech. What legislation has the new government announced, how is it progressing, and what does it mean for charities seeking to influence? Where are the potential points of agreement or disagreement on important Bills or policy consultations? 

12.00 – 12:45: Panel discussion – Understanding Labour’s ‘Mission-led government’. The Labour party has set out five ‘missions’ or top priorities where it wants to  make decisive progress. Our panel of experts will discuss how the missions are  shaping up, the impact of the machinery of government changes, how this affects policy development, and how charities might fit in. 

12.45 – 13.30: Lunch






13.30 – 14.30: Case studies – Learning from successful charity campaigns. Hear from representatives of creative and effective charity campaigns who will talk about what’s working and what isn’t – with practical advice and case studies. 

14.30 – 15.15 : What’s next? The Budget and Spending Review. Learn about the implications of the new government’s fiscal plans, including a Budget and Spending Review setting funding for government departments over the next the next few years, and what charities are calling for. 

15.15 – 15.30:  Closing remarks

Click here for speaker biographies (more exciting announcements coming soon)


Early bird prices (up to and including Monday 2 September)

Band A: £109

Band B: £119

Band C: £139

Ticket prices after Monday 2 September

Band A: £119

Band B: £129

Band C: £149


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Conference schedule

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Thursday 17 October17 Oct 2024
All day event. Must be booked in its entirety-

Booking options

Band A

Band A

Voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of up to £500,000.
Band B

Band B

Voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of over £500,000.
Band C

Band C

Statutory and commercial organisations.

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