About the event

NPC, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and Impetus have come together to ensure that the levelling up agenda – often associated with investment in physical infrastructure such as transport and public realm – gives equal if not greater prioritisation to social infrastructure: to investment in people – in skills and education, in community organisations and charities. We are particularly keen to sustain and practically support the community spirit, collaboration and innovation, seen during lockdown, into the recovery phase and beyond.

Speakers Confirmed:

  • Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future (Chair)
  • Baroness Barran MBE, Minister for Civil Society
  • Peter Gibson MP, Darlington & Chair, APPG on Social Integration
  • Cllr Kevin Bentley, Leader & Chair, Essex County Council & LGA People & Places Board
  • Dan Corry, Chief Executive, NPC
  • Sarah Longlands, Chief Executive, CLES
  • Eleanor Harrison, Chief Executive, Impetus


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