We hosted a fringe debate at Conservative Conference on cities leading the recovery
The UK entered the pandemic as an economically divided country and the events of the past 19 months have made the situation even worse: already high levels of unemployment in struggling areas of the country have been pushed higher. And a new risk has emerged – the levelling down of more affluent parts of the country.
As restrictions are lifted and the economy reopens, city and national policymakers must focus on delivering the policies that will tackle both these challenges.
At this event, we discussed what mayors and city leaders are doing to help their places recover and thrive, and what more they could do if they were given the powers and resources. It also explored how the insights and experiences of Conservative city leaders from across the country should be used by the national Government.
The event was chaired by Andrew Carter, Chief Executive at Centre for Cities.
While outside the secure zone, Centre for Cities encourages attendees of this event to adhere to the Covid safety measures set by the organisers of this party conference.