The Future of Devolution in the West Midlands – The Opportunities for Business and Government
In England, devolution is the transfer of power and funding from national to local government and offers greater freedoms and flexibilities to local authorities and their partners. The original intended outcomes were more effective and better targeted public services, local economic growth and stronger partnerships between the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Post Brexit, the government appears committed to devolution acknowledging the need for decentralisation and local decision-making and recognising thriving and more productive cities and regions as being vital elements of its industrial strategy.
How will devolution now play out in the West Midlands and why do government and business need to work together?
Join us for a lively evening of discussion where you will:
- Hear the business perspective from Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
- Hear the central government perspective from Tom Walker, Director Cities and Local Growth Unit, BEIS/DCL
- Hear the local government perspective from Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority
Contribute to a panel discussion and continue the conversation over drinks and nibbles.
This event is in association with Improvement and Efficiency West Midlands and the Local Government Association.