Devolution and economic growth in London - next steps for policy following the London Finance Commission

Date:
23 Feb 2017
Location:
Central London
URL:
http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=1408&t=20677

Overview

Guest of Honour: Professor Tony Travers, Chair, London Finance Commission and Professor, Department of Government and Director, LSE London, London School of Economics and Political Science

This conference will assess opportunities for driving economic growth and competitiveness in London, as Government considers options for transferring further powers to the Capital. 

The seminar is scheduled in the context of uncertainty after the EU referendum, and follows the secondLondon Finance Commission - which is expected to report back to the Mayor by the end of 2016, with a revised set of recommendations on further devolution of public services; changes to sub-national tax arrangements; and opportunities to support the growth of London’s economy.

Discussion will also be informed by the development of the Mayor’s economic policy, in areas such as investment, skills and attracting global business - and it will provide delegates with an opportunity to consider the impact of Government’s Autumn Statement on London’s individuals, businesses and infrastructure. 

Planned sessions will discuss potential investment in skills and infrastructure, and meeting the housing needs of Londoners; London’s future economic contribution to the UK; the impact of recommended changes to taxes on local authorities and businesses; and the future relationship between central government, the GLA and London’s local authorities. 

The conference will bring together key policymakers with a range of professionals, including colleges and training providers, universities, employers and trade associations, transport operators, construction companies, developers, investors and banks, businesses and their advisors, local authorities, representatives of citizen and community groups, social and academic commentators, charities and campaigning organisations, along with reporters from the national and trade press and other interested parties.

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Professor Tony Travers, Chair, London Finance Commission and Professor, Department of Government and Director, LSE London, London School of Economics and Political Science; Catherine Frances, Director, Public Services, HM Treasury; Jeremy Skinner, Senior Manager, Growth and Enterprise, Greater London Authority and John Dickie, Director of Strategy and Policy, London First.

At this early stage, further speakers include: Judith Sykes, Director, Expedition Engineering.

Gareth Bacon AM, Leader, GLA Conservatives; Chairman, Budget and Performance Committee and Chairman, Oversight Committee, London Assembly and Fiona Twycross AM, Chair, Economy Committee, London Assembly have kindly agreed to chair this seminar.

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