Westminster Social Policy Forum - Next steps for regional development & local devolution deals

Date: 22nd June 2017

Location: Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED

This seminar will assess next steps for regional development and local devolution deals in England.

With the Prime Minister formally triggering the process for Britain leaving the European Union, delegates will consider the impact of Brexit on long term funding and investment for regional projects, as well as commitments to upgrade infrastructure, close local skills gaps and improve collaboration between universities and local businesses, as outlined in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

In addition, as seven combined authorities elect their first metro mayors in May 2017, the conference will also be an opportunity to discuss the role of mayors in regional development and devolution, particularly in the context of the Northern Powerhouse, Midlands Engine and other deals across the country.

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Draft agenda subject to change
 
8.30 - 9.00 Registration and coffee
 
9.00 - 9.05 Chair’s opening remarks
Lord Shipley, Vice President, Local Government Association and former Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for
Communities, Decentralisation and the Northern Powerhouse
 
9.05 - 9.15 Assessing the current landscape for regional development
Joanna Killian, Partner, Head of Local Government, KPMG
 
9.15 - 9.45 Developing the Northern Powerhouse: progress, lessons learnt and the role of Mayors in accountability
Geoff Little, Deputy Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
Philip Cox, Chief Executive, Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool  
 
9.45 - 10.10 Questions and comments from the floor with Joanna Killian, Partner, Head of Local Government, KPMG
 
10.10 - 10.55 Next steps for progressing devolution deals: funding, managing risk and attracting investment  
With a number of devolution deals across England stalling or collapsing following uncertainties over future funding, levels of bureaucracy and powers for directly elected mayors, how can local leaders better collaborate and seek reassurances to get
agreements in place, and what can be done to manage risk? With the UK currently in the process of leaving the EU, how can concerover funding for regional projects beyond 2020 be addressed, and what alternative sources of support are most likely to be importawhat steps are needed by Government and others to pave the way for new investment relationships? What more should be done toencourage national and international businesses to invest outside of London?
Anoop Maini, Special Advisor to the Leader on Health & Life Sciences, Birmingham City Council
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Claire Gibson, Managing Director, Wave Hub
Questions and comments from the floor
 
10.55 - 11.00 Chair’s closing remarks
Lord Shipley, Vice President, Local Government Association and former Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Communities, Decentralisation and the Northern Powerhouse
 
11.00 - 11.30 Coffee
 
11.30 - 11.35 Chair’s opening remarks
Diane James MEP, Member for South East England
 
11.35 - 11.45 Priorities for attracting investment  
Senior speaker to be confirmed
 
11.45 - 11.55 Opportunities for improving international connectivity to support growth
Tony Caccavone, Expansion Airline Strategy Director, Heathrow Airport
 
11.55 - 12.30 Driving growth across the country: infrastructure, closing the skills gap and collaboration
To what extent have Growth Deals between the Government and Local Enterprise Partnerships begun to help spread economic groacross the country, what are the future prospects, and how should additional infrastructure funding - including for improving transconnectivity - outlined in the Industrial Strategy be deployed to further strengthen local economies? How successful have new approaches to close the skills gap been, what examples of good practice exist already, how can their impact be measured, and whamechanisms might need to be put into place to for lessons to be disseminated to benefit other regions? How can closer collaboratiobetween businesses and universities be encouraged and supported to develop research and innovation facilities? What lessons canlearnt from the development of the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine for other areas in the country, and what are the nesteps for exploring further deals in cities as outlined in the Industrial Strategy?
Tim Bowen, Corporate Development Director, Costain
Mia Andersson, Senior Policy Advisor, CBI
Lesley Giles, Director, Work Foundation
Questions and comments from the floor with Tony Caccavone, Expansion Airline Strategy Director, Heathrow Airporand senior speaker to be confirmed
 
12.30 - 12.55 The future for regional development
Tom Walker, Director, Cities & Local Growth Unit
Questions and comments from the floor
 
12.55 - 13.00 Chair’s and Westminster Social Policy Forum closing remarks
 
Diane James MEP, Member for South East England  
Sam Dolton, Producer, Westminster Social Policy Forum

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