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An Inclusive Industrial Strategy for the Sheffield City Region – A SIPS round table event

The city region’s contribution, its potential and its vision for ‘good growth’

Panoramic view of Sheffield

Date: Thursday 26th October 2017
Venue: Room 12/05/08, Charles Street Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Street – City Campus, Sheffield S1 1WB

Time: 4–6PM

SIPS and CRESR are delighted to announce this round table event to discuss the City Region’s established and emerging economic strengths, the development of its Industrial Strategy, and how it relates to the UK government’s overall industrial ambitions.

Economic development is at the heart of the government’s agenda for devolution in England. In 2014 the Sheffield City Region established its Strategic Economic Plan to guide the vision and direction of the city region’s growth ambitions. It set the challenging target for over 70,000 jobs to be created within ten years– a target that latest analysis suggests is well on track.

The City Region is now at a crucial point in the realisation of its ambitions. Having secured several devolution agreements with Treasury, work is ongoing to ensure that political leadership and governance structures can coalesce in order to seize the opportunity. A new economic plan is being prepared to guide the next stage of the city region’s strategy. Inclusive growth will be at the heart of this strategy.

This is a timely opportunity to think about what the city region needs next to ensure its economy continues to strengthen but also how this can be done that deliver the maximum benefits for people and places throughout the city region — so-called ‘good growth’.

This round table will discuss what the city region’s contribution to the UK’s economy is, what it needs to do to deliver more good growth, and what challenges it needs to overcome to achieve that.

Speakers will offer a balanced range of perspectives from government, industry and academia. There will be opportunity for questions, discussion and networking.

Speakers are:

Fiona Boden

Fiona is Assistant Director of Policy at the Sheffield City Region Executive Team, which support to both the Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership. Following on from its Strategic Economic Plan agreed in 2014, the City Region is currently in the process of refreshing this document. This will culminate in the production of an Inclusive Industrial Strategy for the Sheffield City Region, which will set out its vision for growth.

Cassie Houlden

Cassie has nearly twenty years’ experience in local economic development.  Cassie has worked in the public, academic and private sectors, and has been involved in economic development within Sheffield City Region throughout her career at ekosgen, as well as working in the North East, North West and East and West Midlands for clients including local authorities, LEPs and Combined Authorities, Universities and other education providers, the voluntary and community sector and private businesses.   Cassie leads on economic analysis, economic strategy development and evaluating economic impact for ekosgen.  She has recently returned from a nine-month secondment at Sheffield City Council, where she was Head of Economic Strategy and Marketing Sheffield.

Steve Fothergill

Steve Fothergill is a Professor within the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University.  He has written extensively on many aspect of UK urban and regional development and is co-author of the recent report Industrial Strategy and the Regions.

All are welcome.

Booking is essential. Reserve your place here.



Upcoming Event – November 22nd 2017

Welfare reforms and a harsher regime of benefit conditionality and sanctions: the impact on claimants and landlords

Anti-Government protest, London

Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Venue: Norfolk 210 Lecture Theatre Sheffield Hallam University – City Campus, 
Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB

**Please note the location for this event is Owen Building, Room 1025. Head for the lifts from the main entrance on Howard Street, take the lift to floor 10 and follow the signs to the room**

Time: 4–5:30PM

Welfare reforms and a new draconian regime of benefit conditionality and sanctions: the impact on claimants and landlords Successive Conservative led governments have introduced a series of welfare reforms designed to transform the benefit system in this country. They have done so in an attempt to cut the size of its benefit bill and ‘responsibilise’ benefit recipients. These reforms, which include the introduction of Universal Credit, a Benefit Cap and the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (the so-called ‘Bedroom Tax’), have had an adverse effect on low income households. Their lives have been made even more challenging by the introduction in 2012 of the harshest regime of conditionality and sanctions in the history of the British benefits system. This seminar examines the impact of these changes on benefit recipients and on the other stakeholder most affected by them: social housing landlords. It does so by exploring the impact of two developments: the introduction of Universal Credit and a harsher conditionality and sanctions regime. It will feature the following contributions:

‘Understanding the likely impact of Universal Credit: learning from the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects’ by Professor Paul Hickman from Sheffield Hallam University

‘Welfare conditionality, benefit sanctions and homelessness: ending the ‘something for nothing culture’ or punishing the poor?’ by Dr Kesia Reeve from Sheffield Hallam University

‘The Impact of a hostile welfare regime on social housing landlords’ by Tony Stacey from the South Yorkshire Housing Association

All are welcome.

Booking is essential. Reserve your place here.