One of the UK economy's enduring weaknesses is the confusing and weak governance structures that exist at local level. While Germany and the United States, for example, have established regional and local governance, the UK still operates much economic and social policy from Westminster. The development of metro mayors and combined authorities is starting to change this picture, but they are patchy in both coverage and powers. This event will consider what the future model of local governance could look like, and how best to make it work. Ahead of the release of the Devolution and Recovery White Paper, it will provide a platform to examine how devolution or other reforms could be a catalyst for more powerful local leadership, stability, and community empowerment.
Simon Clarke MP, Former Minister for Devolution and Local Growth
Jo Gideon MP, Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central
Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive, Power to Change
Professor Phillip McCann, Chair in Urban and Regional Economics, Sheffield University
Neil O’Brien OBE MP (chair), Chair of the Prime Minister’s Policy Board