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Moving Beyond Devolution Conference


Leeds Civic Hall

Public Administration Committee Spring Conference: Moving Beyond Devolution, A forward look to 2030

A three day conference looking at building the New Policy and Research Agenda for Combined local Authorities in the UK.

This special conference in the Northern Powerhouse is an opportunity for academics and practitioners to focus on the major challenges facing the public sector and the new Combined Authorities and with input from the leading CORE cities and the KEY Cities Network.

The Conference comes at a crucial time in the future of local government and in the devolution process. It is designed to bring academics and policymakers together to consider not just the immediate short-term problems but the long-term future of the fledgling UK Combined Authorities. Some see positive signs in the patchwork quilt of Combined governance arrangements with new models of Mayoral governance. Others see fragmentation in England and a lack of resources and consistency. Anxieties are compounded by the BREXIT negotiations and the lack of clarity on what will happen when European funding disappears. Will any of these be maintained in addition to the current interest in continued involvement in the EU Horizon 2020?

Combined Authorities are at the forefront of city and strategic planning and need more resources and capacity if they are respond to the changing needs of their populations over the coming decade. Housing, transport, social care, economic development, inward investment and skills are pressing, particularly so in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland as well as the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine where there is a big job of work to do to catch up with the South of England and change the pace of transformation.

This conference will be examining the latest research and the key issues which need to be tackled to strengthen local government and Combined Authorities in the period ahead and will look at the successes and the difficulties and failures. It will focus on what needs to change and what needs to be done to strengthen Skills and training in public sector development and management in the period ahead.

Leeds City Region is a success story in terms of partnership and economic growth. It is at the forefront of plans to strengthen both economic development and social cohesion and cultural regeneration. The conference will start by hearing from the principal actors in the city and city region and exploring the theme of leadership in economic regeneration, growth and development from the different actors and institutional viewpoints. Leadership in cities and city regions and Combined Authorities is a topic which the PAC and RSA have been paying particular attention to in recent years.

Consensus building, increasing flexibilities for local government, new forms of finance and increasing resources for delivery of new programmes will all be key topics of the conference. This is a key conference coming at a critical juncture for regional development. And its comes at a moment where we all need to develop ideas and move the devolution agenda back onto the front page again.

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The conference runs with the support of:

  • Regional Studies Association
  • Leeds City Council
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Leeds Business School
  • Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University 
  • Key Cites Network



Event Details

Leeds Civic Hall
Calverley Street


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