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The idea of a ‘People's Powerhouse’ rapidly gathered momentum following criticism of the Northern Powerhouse conference in Manchester (21/22 Feb 2017).

The criticism was not just for its lack of female speakers but for its lack of diversity generally and its lack of emphasis on the link between growth and peoples’ day to day lives. 

This led to wider questions about who the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ is for; and if its priorities (eg infrastructure, transport) were the right ones. The concept of creating a ‘People's Powerhouse’ movement for the North of England was born.

The People's Powerhouse began with a core group which includes Tracy Fishwick of Transform Lives, Jo Miller, Chief Executive at Doncaster Council and Donna Hall, Chief Executive of Wigan Council. 

Quite quickly, other key influencers became involved including Barbara Spicer, Plus Dane Housing and regional and national bodies such as SOLACE, LGA and North West Employers.

The aim now is to develop this in to a Core Group who will bring diverse voices and experiences to help shape the future.

The aim of The People's Powerhouse movement is to bring about a step change in the debate; putting people and communities at the heart of Powerhouse plans, not at the periphery.

The aim is to build a long-term movement for change that supports good and inclusive growth in the North with a particular focus will be on how people are the key to growth.

We also want to include all sectors and sections of the community and this includes harnessing the combined skills and leverage of the public sector, voluntary, community, civic leaders and business.

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No.  The lack of female panelists at the Northern Powerhouse conference in Manchester started the debate; but also raised other important issues. 

We noticed that people very quickly responded to two main issues: the skewed focus of the NP narrative that did little to address how growth can transform lives for all of us; and, a concern about who is taking part in the Northern Powerhouse debate and decision making process.

The North of England is a diverse region and only by putting people at the heart of planning and decisions will we achieve the improvements we need for all of us.

This is one of the reasons why we deliberately chose not to have the People's Powerhouse event in Manchester and chose Doncaster instead.

We  have speakers confirmed from right across the north of England including towns and cities from Doncaster to Liverpool; along with more rural areas and regions such as Cumbria and Lancashire.

Questions about events published on this website.

The People's Powerhouse is a collective response to unmistakable interest, enthusiasm and support for a dialogue about people, skills and communities rather than business, transport and property.

A skewed focus on business deals, transport and property without mention of people, skills or communities will not create the kind of step change we need to see, nor will it create the kind of North we all want to live, work or do business in.

Events are just the start of a wider movement to create a North that works for everyone.

Issues concerning materials available to download from this site.

Please check the licence information before using any materials from The People's Powerhouse website.

Any licencing or copyright restrictions will be shown.  Of course, even if there are no restrictions, you may still want to credit the original authors.