Morning, Tuesday, 11th July 2017
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Assessing the practicalities of delivering devolution to London, and its potential for driving economic growth and competitiveness.
The discussion follows the recently announced Memorandum of Understanding on further devolution to London, which includes proposals to devolve powers and responsibilities in the areas of business rate retention, infrastructure delivery and skills services. It also follows the London Finance Commission’s recent Devolution: a capital idea report, which recommended devolving and introducing new taxes, duties and levies to London - including greater control over property taxes, the apprenticeship levy, air passenger duty and vehicle excise duty - in order to boost public services, competitiveness, skills, employment and infrastructure.
The seminar also comes amid the proposed development of an ‘industrial strategy for London’, which is expected to call on government to give London more control over the economic levers required to secure growth post-Brexit - particularly in relation to skills provision, the delivery of new infrastructure and housing. Sessions will focus on how devolution proposals would work in practice for the Capital, with perspectives on the challenges that reform might pose to the relationship between powers held at mayoral, GLA and borough level, as well as how increased tax controls and incentives for London can fit into a national framework. Delegates will also have the opportunity to consider how fiscal and public service devolution can be used to incentivise London’s future economic growth and development - particularly in terms of the funding and delivery of local infrastructure, ensuring that the city remains attractive to businesses and the labour market, and addressing uncertainty presented by the UK’s departure from the European Union.
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.