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29/09/2019

18.30 Centre for Cities and KPMG

Manchester Art Gallery : Atrium

City Reception: Welcome to Manchester

Welcoming Conservative Party Conference to Manchester

Speakers:

This event is invitation only. Please contact rsvp@centreforcities.org for details.

30/09/2019

08.30 Centre for Cities and KPMG

Hilton Manchester Deansgate : Meeting Room 9

Is your city robot-ready? Skills for the future

This event will focus on what cities can do – and what they need from central government – to get people and their skills robot-ready

Speakers:

This policy roundtable in Manchester, in partnership with KPMG, will focus on the future of skills in cities, drawing on our report Can cities outsmart the robots? which looked at the projected demand for specific skills in the changing labour market and assessed the current educational outcomes in those skills.

12.30 Centre for Cities

Hilton Manchester Deansgate : The Boardroom

Cities in 2020: money, power, elections

Will 2020 mark a watershed for the UK's cities?

Speakers:

Cities power the national economy. With Westminster busy with Brexit, cities have shown themselves ready to step up. Join our debate on what will the future bring for them in terms of funding and powers, and next year's mayoral elections.

16.30 The Spectator and Nationwide

Manchester Central : Charter 4

What will the high street of tomorrow look like?

Minister TBA. Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

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Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference

18.00 Adam Smith Institute

Midland Hotel : Chester Suite

Build Our Way Out: Fixing the housing crisis

The housing crisis is a defining issue of our generation. The broad discussion will revitalise debate and reaffirm the need to fix the housing crisis.

Speakers:

We need more houses and we needed them yesterday. Tinkering with demand won't work to solve the issue – no matter how hard politicians try. Instead, innovative supply-side reforms are needed. At this panel, we will discuss the importance of planning liberalisation, new approaches to house building, much-needed tax reform, and how to counter the NIMBY mentality in a broad discussion to revitalise the debate and reaffirm the need to fix the housing crisis.

01/10/2019

08.30 Centre for Cities and the London School of Economics

Hilton Manchester Deansgate : Meeting Room 9

Tracks and Mortar: how can transport unlock more homes in cities?

Delivering homes close to transport where it is needed most

Speakers:

This event is invitation only. Please contact rsvp@centreforcities.org for details. See centreforcities.org for latest information.

12.15 Policy@Manchester

Friends' Meeting House : F13

UK2070 Commission: can we ever reduce regional disparities without more devolution?

UK2070 Commission - An Inquiry into Regional Inequalities Towards a Framework For Action.

Speakers:

The UK2070 Commission is an independent inquiry into city and regional inequalities in the UK. Chaired by Lord Kerslake, it has been set up to conduct a review of the policy and spatial issues related to the UK’s long-term city and regional development.

14.30 Policy@Manchester

Friends' Meeting House : F13

Are cities the new front line in combatting climate change?

Cities around the UK are taking the initiative and adopting ambitious climate change targets. But what does this mean for a 2050 net zero UK?

Speakers:

An increasing number of cities and regions are declaring climate emergencies and adopting ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions. But is enough being done to support these local action on the national scale? Can devolution and the activities in cities like Manchester help meet our national 2050 net zero target?



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