Travelling the length and breadth of England, the APGSE was delighted to welcome a cross section of Mayoral candidates, representing an array of regions and political parties.
The principle of devolution is for regions and localities to be more responsive to local need by increasing their autonomy, and the devolution of budgets and responsibilities is continuing apace across England, and the wider United Kingdom. In May 2017 a number of areas will be electing a metro mayor for the first time. The priorities, and funding, of each of these areas will differ based on a number of factors. With the potential for more devolution in the years to come, now is a critical time to examine what the metro mayor agenda will mean for the potential for locally designed responses to the challenges of skills provision and regional employment.
On March 21st, the APGSE was joined by a three Metro-Mayor Candidates, representing both rural and urban areas of England. The panel, chaired by Baroness Sue Garden, was made up of:
The debate focused on three core topics: