The British Coalition Government remains committed to localism as a philosophy: Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, is constantly quoted as saying his top three priorities are ‘localism, localism and localism.’ Within the economic development field, ‘Localism’ has included replacing the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs); Centralising business support and inward investment; Reintroducing competitive bidding; and, promoting the ‘Big Society’ as a means for improving quality of life. However, after 12 months it remains unclear how effectively the Government’s philosophy of localism is translating into a process that will deliver private sector economic growth and jobs for individuals, communities and cities. This seminar will draw on the Centre’s research and evidence base on Mayors, Housing, LEPs, Financial Incentives, Skills & Planning to explore the tensions, contradictions and complementarities within the localism and growth debate.
The invited speaker is Andrew Carter, Director of Policy and Research, Centre for Cities.
Location: The Board Room, College duilding, Hendon campus
Further information: Anyone can attend but you must confirm your place by emailing email@example.com , postgraduate and PhD students are particularly welcome. Refreshments will be provided.