Over 2014-15 a, series of Devolution Deals were agreed between the government and groups of local authorities, with one (Cornwall) being agreed with a single unitary authority. The North Midlands draft devolution deal will be the first two-tier local government areas. Growth deals have also been agreed with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
This seminar takes stock of progress in devolution, with a particular emphasis on new powers or resources to stimulate local growth. But it also offers an opportunity to look beyond the current stage of institutional reshaping to consider what more could be achieved with fully empowered local leadership, and the implications for devolution for areas and local government structures not included in the high-profile ‘City Deal’ agreements.
The morning session, introduced by David Marlowe, will be an opportunity to assess progress and share experiences.
All of the afternoon session will be led by Professor Robin Hambleton (author of Leading the Inclusive City) who will draw on international examples of inspired local leadership to illustrate what more could be achieved, and identify the risks and constraints in further progress.
9:30: Registration and refreshments
09:55: Welcome: Andrew Jones, LEPU, London South Bank University
10:00: Progress in local devolution: The picture so far: David Marlow, Third Life Economics
11:00: Governance, devolution, and investment in Britain’s smaller cities and counties: Zach Wilcox, City Economics, Arup
12:00: Making devolution work: Andrew Walker, LGiU
14:00: Leading the inclusive city: International experience: Professor Robin Hambelton , University of the West of England
- Innovation on cities: what, why, and how?
- How is local leadership for the common good being exercised?
- What lessons can our local authorities draw lessons from innovative practice abroad?
* This programme is correct at time of publication, but programme content may be altered without notice to reflect speaker changes which are beyond our control.
This seminar forms part of the LGiU’s policy themes on Localism and Devolution – click here for more details