Friday 30th June 2017
Hilton Hotel Deansgate, 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ
National economic circumstances have reflected in reduced funding to local councils but residents still require good local services. Businesses demand that the places where they invest meet their needs. The role of local authorities has never been more critical to creating sustainable local economies and local neighbourhoods where people thrive; it is however one of the most challenging agendas councils have ever faced.
This seminar will explore the dynamics of council services beyond austerity. We make the case for ‘neighbourhood services’, the public services which people experience as soon as they step out of their own front door, recognising the critical role of these services in the politics of place. We will also explore the changing funding dynamics and look at what innovative councils are doing to support people and places, including income generation and commercialisation strategies.
From anchoring regeneration through housing developments and infrastructure investments, to developing a strategic vision for the future, we will explore the changing dynamics and learn lessons from exemplar councils. Critically we show how frontline neighbourhoods services can be part of the solution not a budget burden.