Events over the last year have confirmed that there is a growing crossparty consensus, nationally and locally, on the need to accelerate devolution to cities and regions. Yet there are still significant constraints on place leaders ambitious to drive growth and reform service delivery.
LGiU Chief Executive Jonathan Carr-West will be chairing a panel discussion at the LGA Conference next week, Follow the money: Do we have the right incentives to drive local growth? The event will be hosted by the Leaders of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, and Westminster City Council, Cllr Philippa Roe. These two Leaders across parties have been at the heart of pioneering new ways of working and will make a clear and united call for a more ambitious approach. They will be joined in the discussion by Lord Shipley, Vice President of the LGA and Secretary of the APPG for Local Growth. Attendees will be invited to consider how local government and partners can build on the current crossparty consensus on devolution to cities and regions and ensure that it is financially sustainable.