A security pass is required at all times to attend events in either of the secure Conference venues, Manchester Central or The Midland Hotel.


09.00 Localis

Manchester Art Gallery (Princess Street entrance), M2 3JL : Lecture Room

Reach for the stars – can we reimagine urban devolution?

How might the transfer of fiscal powers, greater local control over investment and budgets ignite dynamic national renewal led by our major cities?


This Localis fringe, sponsored by Core Cities, will argue a radical localist case for a step change in urban devolved governance, asking us to imagine what a successful future for devolved urban government could look like. Panellists include:George Freeman MP, minister of state, Department for Transport; Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol (invited); Lord Kerslake, chair, 2070 Commission; Cllr Nickie Aiken, leader, Westminster City Council; Andy Bounds, North of England correspondent, Financial Times.

12.00 Localis

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, M2 3JL : Lecture Room

Nothing left to lose: reframing the housing management debate

What role can local government play in providing more housing to meet a diverse set of social needs and expectations?


There is not one housing crisis, but many different local crises of supply, affordability and provision. In areas where there is a shortage of affordable housing, how can we accommodate those in most need? Can councils work together to meet local housing demand by creating new communities? This event, promoted jointly with the Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will ask what more can housing providers and government do to provide people with the most suitable type of housing.

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