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With the Prime Minister formally triggering the process for Britain leaving the European Union, delegates will consider the impact of Brexit on long term funding and investment for regional projects, as well as commitments to upgrade infrastructure, close local skills gaps and improve collaboration between universities and local businesses, as outlined in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

In addition, as seven combined authorities elect their first metro mayors in May 2017, the conference will also be an opportunity to discuss the role of mayors in regional development and devolution, particularly in the context of the Northern Powerhouse, Midlands Engine and other deals across the country.

Attendees will discuss the accountability of mayors for local growth funding and expanding local infrastructure projects, with seven combined authorities in Liverpool, Manchester, Peterborough & Cambridgeshire, Sheffield, Tees Valley, West of England and West Midlands due to elect metro mayors in May 2017.

Westminster Social Policy Forum seminar will include a keynote address from Tom Walker, Director, Cities & Local Growth Unit.