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In 1873, the then Mayor of Birmingham, Joseph Chamberlain, took over the private gas and water companies and proceeded to reinvest the profits they made in public works. Bold and visionary, Chamberlain invested in assets that underpinned the future growth of his city. He was effectively taking charge of the ‘place-shaping’ agenda that is still a core function for local government, articulated most recently by the Lyons Inquiry. Today, councils are faced with different public policy challenges and new solutions are required if local government is to support local prosperity.
This large fringe event will explore what new assets councils can and should be investing in to generate new revenues streams and further embed localism. It will feature contributions from MPs and local government leaders, including;
Brandon Lewis MP (CON), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government
Cllr Gary Porter, Leader, LGA Conservative Group & Leader, South Holland District Council
Cllr. Paul Carter, Leader, Kent County Council
Cllr. Mike Whitby, Leader, Conservative Group, Birmingham City Council
and Simon Parker, Director, NLGN
Lunch will be provided.
To secure a place at the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org