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27 March 2007 - Lyons Inquiry - National Conference
21 March 2007 - Lyons Inquiry final report and recommendations
19 March 2007 - Sir Michael Lyons's final report - launch and forthcoming conference
11 December 2006 - Lyons seeks views on maximising local government's contribution to future economic prosperity
6 December 2006 - Lyons Inquiry to advise Government on the implications of Barker, Leitch and Eddington for local government
20 November 2006 - Lyons publishes findings from public deliberation events
14 November 2006 - Lyons publishes summary of stakeholder events
8 September 2006 - Lyons to challenge local government and businesses to work together effectively in promoting economic prosperity
17 August 2006 - Lyons to meet businesses to discuss local economic prosperity
21 July 2006 - Lyons Inquiry engages public
5 July 2006 - "Local government's active support is needed now" says Lyons
22 June 2006 - Voluntary and community organisations have a key role to play in place shaping (Adobe Acrobat file: 100kb)
21 June 2006 - Lyons calls for councils to promote the role of housing in effective place shaping
14 June 2006 - Council finance chiefs should be "finance directors for council and community" says Lyons
8 May 2006 - Sir Michael Lyons publishes his latest thinking on the future role and function of local government
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Lyons to challenge local government and businesses to work together effectively in promoting economic prosperity
Lyons Inquiry Press Notice: 8 September 2006
Sir Michael Lyons is to host a national conference - Economic Prosperity: the local contribution - on 14 September 2006.
The conference will explore the role of local government and other agencies in enabling and promoting economic development, supporting the well-being of individuals and communities and contributing to the growth of the national economy.
The conference will challenge local authorities, businesses and public sector organisations on their current roles and approaches to promoting economic prosperity. Identifying 'what works' in promoting economic prosperity at the local level.
The conference will hear from senior figures from across central, regional and local government as well as the private sector and international perspectives including Sir Michael Lyons, Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP (Secretary of State DCLG), Lord Sandy Bruce-Lockhart (Chairman LGA), Sir Digby Jones (former Director-General CBI) and David Frost (Director-General BCC)
Sir Michael Lyons said:
"It is increasingly being recognised that promoting economic prosperity is a fundamental part of local government's place-shaping role in every community. It should be a core activity of local government, but is currently restricted by the weight of central priorities and targets which 'crowd out' room for local authorities to innovate and work in this area.
"Those businesses represented at my recent business events acknowledged the potential for local government to take on a greater role in promoting economic prosperity in their area, but argued for greater commitment from local government to engage with businesses and for officials and councillors to increase their understanding of the needs of businesses and economic development within their area.
"I am bringing together at this conference representatives from local government, business and other agencies to look at the role of local government, the barriers currently faced and potential for solutions. I look forward to hearing from a range of perspectives including experience from the US in what works best in promoting economic prosperity at the local level."
Lord Bruce-Lockhart, chairman of the Local Government Association, said:
"I am looking forward to exploring, with government and the business community, the role of local government as a leader, partner and catalyst, in driving economic prosperity.
"On the continent, cities such as Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid and Luxembourg have higher GDPs than their equivalents in Britain. With more devolved governance and taxation, and clear powers over transport, infrastructure, planning, economic development and skills, they have managed to develop local economies with an inbuilt and self-generated dynamism that benefits not just the city, but pulls up the whole region."
David Frost, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce, said:
"Businesses make a vast contribution to their communities, creating jobs and wealth and contributing to the long-term wellbeing of every local area. Small and medium sized enterprises are the most dynamic sector of the economy. Local authorities need to recognise this and encourage their growth through creating the right environment for businesses.
"Promoting the economic prosperity of our local areas cannot be done by local authorities alone. Chambers of Commerce and Local Authorities need to work together, recreate the idea of civic leadership and regain the sense of local pride which creates business success. Business leaders should be equal partners in shaping the future of a town, city or rural area and have a say over local spending priorities. Only by doing this will local accountability be improved."
A press briefing with Sir Michael has been arranged for 9:30am on Thursday 14 September. For press interested in attending the press briefing and/or the conference please contact Marcus Chrysostomou at GNN on 020 7261 8356.
Notes for Editors
  1. The National Conference on Economic Prosperity the local contribution will take place on Thursday 14 September in central London. Further details of the conference can be found at
  2. Sir Michael Lyons was originally commissioned in July 2004 by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Chancellor to make recommendations on how to reform the local government funding system by December 2005. On 20 September 2005 the remit of the Inquiry was extended to enable Sir Michael to consider issues of function before finalising his conclusions on funding.
  3. On 15 December 2005 Sir Michael issued a consultation paper and interim report. A further paper was published on 8 May 2006 entitled "National Prosperity, local choice and civic engagement" with the Inquiry concluding with a final report to Ministers in late 2006.
  4. Copies of the reports, submissions, research commissioned, and the terms of reference for the Inquiry, can be found on the Lyons Inquiry website
  5. For general information on the work of the Inquiry, contact Marcus Chrysostomou at GNN on 020 7261 8356
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