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Capita to Speak at Policy Forum for Wales

27th June 2014

Capita’s Mark Rees-Williams will be speaking at the Policy Forum for Wales conference on Monday 30th June.

Mark will be taking part in the 11.55am session entitled ‘Putting policy into practice ‐ planning and investment to deliver infrastructure projects.’

The session will consider:

Will the introduction of Strategic Development Plans, proposed in the Draft Planning (Wales) Bill, succeed in its aim of leading to a more coordinated approach to infrastructure planning for the City Regions? What will be the likely impact of the proposed system whereby Developments of National Significance (DNS) apply directly to the Welsh Government rather than local planning authority, particularly with regards to increasing the speed at which major infrastructure projects are developed in Wales? What further changes could be made to the planning system to support infrastructure development in Wales? Should the Welsh Government utilise funding arrangements such as PFI and the new UK Government scheme PF2 to fund infrastructure investments; what shape could the proposed Welsh Government non‐dividend alternative to PF2 take? Could local authority borrowing be better coordinated to support regional and national infrastructure priorities? What impact will 2014‐2020 European Structural Funds have on improving infrastructure development in Wales?

The other speakers on the panel are Councillor Bob Bright, Leader, Newport City Council; Laura Mason, Director of Investment, Legal & General Group; Louise Minford, Infrastructure Finance Specialist, Infrastructure UK, HM Treasury and Professor Brian Morgan, Member, South East Wales City Region Board.

William Powell AM, Member, Cross Party Group on Construction and Member, Environment and Sustainability will chair the panel.

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