Local government appears set to change. In the next few weeks the government will announce the Devolution and Recovery White Paper. There is expected to be a revolution in how local decisions are made with more responsibility being devolved to the regions to make decisions. Early indications suggest that Ministers are seeking to abolish district and county councils, which will be replaced with unitary councils with a minimum population of 300,000 and an expected ceiling of 650,000. They are also planning to create an increased number of combined authorities with directly elected mayors who will be responsible for infrastructure and economic development. By early 2021 MHCLG expect to be out to consultation on which proposals they will support with a view to laying legislation by summer 2021 with elections to the new councils to take place as early as 2022 and 2023. Meanwhile, the financial situation facing many councils after a decade of austerity means an increasing number feel they have no alternative but to reform. To examine the current and potential landscape (including local government re-organisation and devolution), we have pulled together an expert panel to allow anyone with an interest in economic development and regeneration to hear from leading professionals on these challenges and their views on the way forward. This webinar is essential for anyone working in economic development and regeneration, public, private and third sector. Delegates on the webinar will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel, and share thinking themselves, in an interactive one-hour session.
Chair: Nigel Wilcock, Executive Director, Institute of Economic Development
Speaker 1: Richard Cook, Director, Pegasus Group
Speaker 2: Alan Denby, Director of Economic Strategy, TDA
Speaker 3: John Till, Director and Founder, thinkingplace