Core Cities Chair and leader of Leeds City Council Cllr Judith Blake is due to speak at Advice in the Cities, a one day conference organised by the the Citizens Advice Core Cities Group.
This one day conference will explore the role and impact of advice services within the Core Cities, addressing cities’ strategies for tackling poverty and inequality, and for improving health, well-being and life chances, and for achieving “inclusive growth” within the context of the current direction of devolution and policy focus on metro-economies.
As well as Cllr Blake, speakers also include Lord Bob Kerslake.
The conference takes place on December 13th in Birmingham.
Attendance is free. To book a place, email firstname.lastname@example.org
10.30 am: Registration
Welcome: Andy Buck (CEO, Sheffield Citizens Advice) and Jan Nichols (CEO, Birmingham Citizens Advice)
10.40: Core cities, common challenges
Our core cities face common social and economic challenges; our keynote speakers will address these within the current context of devolution.
Lord Bob Kerslake,
Councillor Judith Blake. Chair of Core City Councils group
Lord Colin Low, Chair of independent Commission on social welfare advice
Andrew Seager, Citizens Advice Head of Service development will introduce with a few words on Staying ahead in a changing landscape.
11.25 Panel 1: Smart Cities, Smart Advice
- Hugh Stickland, Chief Economist, Citizens Advice
- Jim Battle, Greater Manchester Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner
- Naomi Clayton, Centre for Cities
- Andy Parkinson, Director Consilium Consultancy
12.15 Panel 2: What do we mean by inclusive growth?
- Stephen Clarke, Analyst, Resolution Foundation
- David Boyle, Commissioner Royal Society of Arts Inclusive Growth Commission
- Mike Hawking, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Partnership Manager (Cities)
2pm: Workshop sessions: City sectors and advice
Workshop 1: Health and Housing– how do we work health commissioners to tackle urban health inequalities? Eg solving housing problems like fuel poverty to support public health.
Lead: Andy Buck
Workshop 2: Skills – employability and skills are a big part of the devolution agenda, what can Citizens Advice offer on the skills agenda in cities?
Lead: Dianne Lyons
Workshop 3: Libraries and hubs– libraries are important cultural hubs in cities, how can working in partnership with City libraries can extend your reach? If not libraries, what other co-location options in the City
Lead: Shona Alexander Workshop 4: Justice – legal aid cuts have left unmet needs for legal help and services, how can we work with partners in the justice system on a city wide basis to address these
Lead: Sue Evans
Report back from workshop
3.30 Roundup, tea and departure