Ep. 16 Cllr Nick Forbes - Net zero and an inclusive economy

On this week’s episode, Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes CBE joined host Emily Rodgers to highlight his ambitions for the future of his city. 

Nick has been instrumental in representing local government and their economies through a decade of austerity and has worked to secure devolution packages City Deals through the combined authority. 

The first thing noted by the leader is that the last ten years have been ‘the most extraordinary period in local government’ but that doesn’t stop him referring to his 11 years as leader as a privilege. 

Newcastle has implemented many examples of where they have pivoted and repurposed their resources to support the city through this crisis, with amazing results.

Cllr Forbes’ ambitious plan for the future is a green one, with talks of growing your own food and not letting cars back into the city centre after this crisis, Nick is ready to support a whole generation of jobs created from the carbon neutral journey. 

A champion for local government, devolution and building a greater society, Cllr Forbes shares his council’s best practice and leaves you feeling inspired, certain that the coronavirus crisis poses opportunity for positive change.  

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