The one day conference, ‘Scaling up the North – towards a Northern Powerhouse’, will be held at Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus on Monday 25 January and will feature presentations and debate around some of the key issues surrounding the Northern Powerhouse.
Councillor Peter Box, the Leader of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, will be delivering a keynote speech on ‘The State of the North’, whilst influential academics will be providing their expert opinion on issues including Transport and Connecting the North, Housing the North and the Health of the North.
Professor Andrew Slade, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, explained: “The Northern Powerhouse is frequently mentioned in Westminster, however there is still much confusion about what it means in reality for those living and working in Leeds and the wider region. This conference offers attendees an opportunity to voice their opinions and debate the topic with senior figures from the region.”
Each of the presentations will be followed by a question and answer panel where delegates are invited to contribute to the debate. The conference is the second event in a series of Devolution events run by Leeds Beckett University. In October, Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, delivered a keynote presentation, ‘Strong Economy, Compassionate City – Getting the Most out of Devolution’, at the first event of the series, which considered the impact of regional devolution.
The Northern Powerhouse was launched by the Chancellor George Osborne in his budget speech in March 2015 and attempts to redress the economic gap between the north and south by attracting investment and improving transport links between its towns and cities.