Devolution, the rising powers of Metro Mayors and food

Webinar
27/06/2024 10:00 11:00

Join this learning session on the history and outlook of devolution in England, the growing powers and influence of Combined Authorities and Metro Mayors and how to engage.

Book now 

By 2025, combined authority areas will represent 57 per cent of England’s population, 60 per cent of its economic output, and 42 per cent of the land area. Metro mayors are becoming increasingly powerful and influential figures. Several metro mayor candidates made food-related pledges central to their campaigns at the last local elections, including pledges on free school meals (Sadiq Khan in London and Richard Parker in West Midlands), and healthy food advertising in their transport networks (Kim McGuinness in the North East).

This session is aimed at organisations working to transform the food system at a local, regional or national level including food partnerships, Sustain alliance members and councils. It will help to increase knowledge on how combined authorities work and how to engage, including:

  • History of devolution
  • Four levels of devolution framework and key powers
  • How food can co-exist across key areas
  • The growing influence of mayors
  • Tips for engaging with officers in combined authorities and metro mayors
  • Links to information and resources

Programme

Chair: Sofia Parente – Head of Local Action, Sustain

History of devolution and how food fits across key areas in Combined Authorities (20 min) - Christopher Yap PhD, Research Fellow, Centre for Food Policy, City - University of London

An inside view of food policy and action (10 min) – Sarah Mellor, Head of Sustainable Production and Consumption and Elaine Morgan, Principal for Strategy Reform, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Limitations from working solely at a local authority level and engaging senior officers in West Yorkshire Combined Authority (10 min) – Ben Fletcher, Bradford Sustainable Food Partnership, Sonja Woodcock, Food Wise Leeds and Aine Douglas, Calderdale Food Network

Q&A (20 min)