As the West Midlands Metro area looks forward to its first ever Metro mayoral election next May, the region’s economic performance is in the spotlight.
The West Midlands faces a huge and longstanding living standards challenge, with a poor record on employment and particularly weak pay growth for low and middle earners. What can the new Metro Mayor do to turn the region’s economic situation around? And what role can wider economic leaders in business, local authorities and universities play in supporting a drive for higher city living standards?
As part of our major new investigation into living standards in major cities, the Resolution Foundation is holding an event in the Library of Birmingham to explore the unique challenges faced in the West Midlands Metro area, and how the new Metro Mayor can use their new powers to be the driving force behind a new era of inclusive prosperity.
Leading local politicians and academics will debate the key policy issues for the West Midlands, and Resolution Foundation will present fresh new analysis of the city region’s economy and living standards.
Andy Street, Managing Director of John Lewis and Conservative candidate for West Midlands Mayor
Siôn Simon, MEP for the West Midlands and Labour candidate for West Midlands Mayor
Beverley Nielsen, former regional CBI director and Liberal Democrat candidate for West Midlands Mayor
Simon Collinson, Director of the City-Region Economic Development Institute, University of Birmingham
Conor D'Arcy, Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation
David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation
8:30-10:00 (refreshments from 8:00)
Meeting room 101, Birmingham Library
The main entrance to the library will not be open when you arrive, instead please use the side entrance (down the right-hand side of the building) and follow the signage. A member of the Library of Birmingham Venue Team will meet and greet you and your guests on arrival.