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Birmingham Policy Lab: Financing Local Public Services

Event type: Other Urban
Date: 25/10/2017

The University of Birmingham and City-REDI is hosting a Birmingham Policy Lab workshop to explore the theme of the financing local public services.

As demands on public services grow and austerity looks set to continue, the need to reform and look afresh at the financing of local public services is more pressing than ever.  How can financial devolution be designed to better address local challenges, what should we specifically be calling on Government for?  What is potentially in our own hands locally, how can we trial new approaches that will provide further evidence to call for wider financial reforms in public services? The insights that will be presented, and the ensuing discussion, will feed into a series of policy papers on financing public services by the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI (City-Region Economic and Development Institute) which will inform the West Midlands Mayor’s Funding for Growth Commission as well as discussions with the West Midlands All-Party Parliamentary Group.

The workshop will bring together stakeholders and policymakers to exchange insights and forge closer connections on this topic. It will be held from 9:45 – 13:15 (followed by a buffet lunch and networking until 14:00) on Wednesday 25 October at the University of Birmingham campus.

To confirm attendance, please RSVP by return email – publicaffairs@contacts.bham.ac.uk

The agenda for the workshop will be circulated to attendees in advance of the event. More information on City-REDI’s work on Fiscal Devolution can be accessed here and here.

About the Birmingham Policy Lab:

This workshop is part of the University of Birmingham’s new Birmingham Policy Lab series. The Birmingham Policy Lab is a series of thematic workshops which bring together the latest academic, policy and practitioner thinking on a challenge facing the city and wider region, to explore what some of the innovative solutions could be. This particular Birmingham Policy Lab workshop is being held in conjunction with the University of Birmingham’s City-REDI (City-Region Economic and Development Institute).