Policy Forum for London

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

July 2017

This seminar assessed the practicalities of delivering devolution to London, and its potential for driving economic growth and competitiveness.

The discussion followed the Memorandum of Understanding on further devolution to London, which included proposals to devolve powers and responsibilities in the areas of business rate retention, infrastructure delivery and skills services. It also followed 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 focused 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 also had 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 brought 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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for London seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates