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The North is on the rise: What more does it need?

2nd October 2018
  • ResPublica

Discussion Summary:

With considerable anger still being voiced in The North because of recent chaos caused by changes to train timetables and following Northern leaders coming together and speaking with a single voice at the first Convention of the North, we seek to explore where the challenges and opportunities lie and what decisive action is needed from political leaders, business, academia and civil society to push the North forward.

The panel will discuss how the Northern Powerhouse can build on existing successes, what can be learnt from perceived failures, how regional prosperity can be advanced with targeted infrastructure investment and placemaking, and what can be done to revitalise The North’s economies and communities through sustainable and inclusive growth.

We will be asking if devolving power from Whitehall to the local level, and what scale, is the best way to advance the Northern Powerhouse agenda across all sectors and places. How would giving powers Metro Mayors such as the ability to regulate transport services, or to set local business rates, help Northern cities and towns, and what about local authorities without the figurehead of a Metro Mayor? How will investment in the transport network improve connectivity between the Northern cities, towns and communities?

We will ask about the potential of devolution to counter the paralysis and polarisation caused by Brexit and if the vote to leave the European Union has led to more attention being given to communities in The North, especially those most impacted by the decline of heavy industries.

Is a fresh approach needed for upskilling the local workforce and providing them with the tools to adapt to future needs? What more opportunities can be created to reverse the North to South ‘brain drain’ and what should be the response to the growing trend of people leaving London and the South East and moving back to the North?

With productivity levels in the North West, North East, and Yorkshire and Humber being from 7% to 15% below the UK average, both National and Local Governments must work together to introduce effective solutions that contribute to the health, wellbeing, and happiness of the population.

We are delighted to be joined by a fantastic panel of speakers, including:

  • Helen Pidd, North of England Editor, The Guardian (Chair)
  • Henri Murison, Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership
  • Edna Robinson, Chair, The People’s Powerhouse
  • Geoff White, Policy Manager (North & Midlands), RICS
  • Barry White, Chief Executive, Transport for the North

Join us at the Library of Birmingham (Room 102) from 12:45pm until 2pm on Tuesday 2nd October.

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