Torsten Bell

The Westside Story

The Living Standards Challenge Facing the Metro Mayor for West of England

Festival of the Future City/
Thu 26 January 2017

The Westside Story

The Living Standards Challenge Facing the Metro Mayor for West of England

Torsten Bell
Thu 26 January 2017,

As the West of England looks forward to its first ever Metro mayoral election next May, the city’s economic performance is in the spotlight. Although parts of the West of England have been economically successful, particularly Bristol, the new mayor will face a living standards challenge.

What should be done to tackle deep inequalities in wages, income and housing across the West of England? How can the West of England’s particularly poor productivity performance since the financial crisis be turned around? And what role can wider economic leaders in business, local authorities and universities play in supporting a drive for higher city living standards?

As part of a major new investigation into living standards in major cities, the Resolution Foundation, in association with Festival of Ideas and Festival of the Future City, is holding an event to explore the unique challenges faced and successes enjoyed in the West of England area, and how the new Metro Mayor can use their new powers to be the driving force behind a new era of inclusive prosperity.

Leading local politicians, academics, and business leaders will debate the key policy issues for the West of England, and Resolution Foundation will present fresh new analysis of the city region’s economy and living standards.

Confirmed speakers include Marvin Rees, Jaya Chakrabarti, Conor D’Arcy and John Savage. The event will be chaired by Torsten Bell, Director of the Resolution Foundation (pictured).

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