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GREATER MANCHESTER ECONOMICS INEQUALITY CONFERENCE UNAFFORDABLE TO ANYONE BUT WEALTHY
 

Star date: 7th August 2017

GROWTH INEQUALITY CONFERENCE 125 TO GET IN

A conference on The Economics of Greater Manchester, which will be focusing on 'the divide between prosperity and inequality' is charging 125 plus VAT to attend.

The pro-manchester conference is to be held at the Hilton Hotel in October and will be exploring 'Not just growth but inclusive growth with benefits for people from all regions and from all backgrounds'...except that people 'from all backgrounds' won't be able to afford to get in!

Full details here...


The blurb for a pro-manchester 'newsnight style' conference on The Economics of Greater Manchester includes themes like 'Inclusive growth...as the city region faces the challenge of growth with equality'...

"Nowhere more than in cities is the divide between prosperity and inequality more apparent" the blurb weeps "Nowhere more than in cities are the inequality of incomes and well being outcomes higher. Children in poorer communities start out in life with low prospects. Access to opportunities is often thwarted by socio economic background at onset..."

It sounds just the thing that should be attended by those facing inequality in Greater Manchester, so they can have a voice and debate the issues at the 'newsnight style' gathering. Except that the poverty picking shindig, being held on 13th October at the posh Hilton Hotel in Manchester, is charging 125 plus VAT to get in...

The event, sponsored by The University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School, Manchester Metropolitan University and PR agency 90degrees, will be exploring themes like homelessness and "Not just growth but inclusive growth with benefits for people from all regions and from all backgrounds..."

But, at 125 (+VAT) per head, it looks like people 'from all backgrounds' are going to be excluded, which is becoming par for the course in Greater Manchester...


For further details of the Conference, plus some awful spelling, grammar and Andy Burnham's title howlers see the website click here

Alice wrote
at 10:16:30 AM on Monday, August 7, 2017
I agree Amanda. It is rubbing salt in a wound and shows the lack of real concern for those feeling the equality gap. My suggestion is to ignore the Hilton and go for a cash strapped school or even a community hall. A big secondary school will have the hall space, the technology, the parking and even a local catering social enterprise could adequately feed the audience if they need to eat! Why give this business to a private concern which doesn't even have its HQ in this country. Also there's the Town Hall .....it does still belong to us doesn't it?! Finally, hope the audience will include those who work in these areas; those with experience as well as the academics.

Amanda Bickerton wrote
at 7:23:37 AM on Monday, August 7, 2017
There is the opportunity to comment available on their website. I have just taken the opportunity, and I hope others will follow suit. Gatherings of well-paid people talking about the economics of Greater Manchester, 'inclusive growth' and 'inequality' whilst charging an unaffordable sum in an expensive venue suggests that 'top-down' approaches which have led to unprecedented levels of inequality will carry on regardless, treating communities as 'problems' that can only be solved by throwing money at the same people who run conferences like this whilst slashing the resources available to communities who are at the sharp end of said inequality. Is it any wonder that many people have no faith in politics, mainstream media and 'experts' any more?

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