England & Wales

Policy Café Brighton : Growing strong local links


The future of devolution is increasingly under question, with the Government’s Industrial Strategy seemingly now taking priority, along with the UK’s exit from the EU. With these shifting priorities in mind, and if formal powers are not forthcoming, how can the Government work with localities to deliver a place-based Industrial Strategy that ensures Brighton & Hove and neighbouring areas are able to build a vibrant local economy, provide effective civic leadership and weather the funding situation in local government and social care?

12:00 Lunch, introductions
12:15 Context setting by Lauren Lucas, LGiU

  • How the existing (largely metropolitan) devolution deals are progressing
  • The Government’s vision for local government
  • What next for devolution?
12:35 Presentation from Nick Hibberd, Executive Director of Economy, Environment & Culture at Brighton & Hove City Council

  • What does Greater Brighton already offer?
  • Ambitions for the city region: economic and skills leader, destination for
  • visitors
  • How do we get there?
13:00 Discussion: How do we build long-lasting working relationships in local
14:00 Close of discussion
14:15 LGiU focus group session
15:00 Close of event

Our Policy Café events are a series of short, informal member networking events built around the burning questions we – and our members – are asking. Events are planned up and down the country as part of our commitment to supporting our member councils. We aim to help officers in policy, strategy and related roles share thinking and build local networks.