The drive is on to create a West Midlands Combined Authority with an elected mayor in 2017. How will we align its focus on jobs, prosperity and economic growth with localism – citizen voice, unlocking the resources and willingness of individuals, families and communities?
A combined authority is required to cover an area that makes sense economically and needs to be big enough to be able to compete globally and to pull together the resources needed to support more economic success. The West Midlands Combined Authority will be the biggest combined authority of its kind in the UK.
The RSA's People Shaped Localism research has demonstrated that localism makes ordinary people feel like they will get a bigger say over what happens in their communities and their own lives. It also makes local activists and councillors feel valued.
The session will provide an opportunity for participants to consider how we ensure the combined authority will secure devolution from central government whilst nurturing the responsibility and resourcefulness of stronger communities and citizens.
This event is free to attend but please book your place at the top of this page.