Policy Forum for London

Devolution and economic growth in London - assessing the impact of London’s devolution agreement on infrastructure, competitiveness and skills

Morning, Tuesday, 11th July 2017

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



Please note the date of this seminar has changed.


This seminar will assess 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 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.


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.



Guests 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

Jeremy Skinner

Senior Manager, Growth and Enterprise, Greater London Authority

Guests 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

Jeremy Skinner

Senior Manager, Growth and Enterprise, Greater London Authority

Keynote Speaker

John Dickie

Director of Strategy and Policy, London First

Chairs

Gareth Bacon AM

Leader, GLA Conservatives; Chairman, Budget and Performance Committee and Deputy Chairman, Oversight Committee, London Assembly

Lord Shipley

Vice President, Local Government Association and former Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Communities, Decentralisation and the Northern Powerhouse

Speakers

Sir Robin Wales

Mayor of Newham, Newham Council

Aileen Murphie

Director, Department for Communities and Local Government and Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office

Ufi Ibrahim

Chief Executive, British Hospitality Association

Phillip Blond

Director, ResPublica

Matthew Bolton

Deputy Director and Lead Organiser for London Citizens, Citizens UK

Garry Phillips

Chief Executive, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College

Judith Sykes

Director, Expedition Engineering