AFTER THE REFERENDUM - PLANNING FOR CHANGE?
Join The Liverpool Salon to discuss Britain's economic future.
Saturday 5 November 2016 at 2.30 pm
Room 2 (top floor) Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EW
While Project Fear was accused of exaggerating the long-term economic impacts of breaking with the EU, early indications – from the fall in Sterling to fears of losing foreign skills and investment – suggest that the short to medium term impacts will be painful. Yet, with economic output already weak, borrowing high and productivity and wages on the slide, the UK economy has been in trouble for decades. After years spent ‘kicking the can down the road’, has Brexit finally forced the future of the economy back onto the political agenda? And if so, what does that future hold?
Here in the North, much has been made of plans to devolve powers to local authorities and appoint metro mayors for big areas such as Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Meanwhile Theresa May says government remains committed to rebalancing the economy. But can the North come up with a 'modern active industrial policy' capable of 'firing on all cylinders' to deliver the jobs, houses and public services that Britain needs? If Brexit provided the wake up call, what should the future economic plans look like and who will drive them?
Hilary Salt, Founder of First Actuarial LLP and recently re-appointed as an independent adviser to the NHS Pension Scheme.
Rob Killick, Founder and director of the digital agency Clerkswell and software company EasySharePoint. Writer, speaker and author of the economy blog The UK after the recession.
Laird Ryan, urbanist, town planner, editor of OpenDemocracy's LocalismWatch and former chief advisor to Stoke's elected Mayor
Pauline Hadaway, researching culture led regeneration policy at University of Manchester’s Institute of Cultural Practices and policy correspondent for the public policy research network 'DevoCulture in the North'.
Tickets £5 (on the door). All welcome.
A 2016 Battle of Ideas satellite event