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IET collaborates to host virtual party conference events

The events take place ahead of the Government’s 2020 Comprehensive Spending Review planned for this autumn. Spending reviews are carried out approximately every three years to allocate Government funding to departments, providing certainty for them to plan ahead.

Our events, entitled Engineering Priorities for the Spending Review, are being held in partnership with EngineeringUK, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Academy of Engineering. The National Engineering Policy Centre brand, which brings together 43 different UK engineering organisations representing 450,000 engineers, is also featured.

The fringe events will outline the engineering priorities for the Government Comprehensive Spending Review. A panel of engineering experts, joined by a politician, will propose actions to enable the UK to make investment decisions that will create more jobs and prosperity, as well as meeting the future needs of our society.

Robert Beahan, IET Public Affairs Manager, said: “The Comprehensive Spending Review comes at such an important time for our economy. It is crucial that engineers highlight the important role that technology and innovation will have in creating more jobs and prosperity across the nation as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Bridget Phillipson MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury has been confirmed to attend the Labour fringe event. She will be joined by Dr Simon Harrison BSc PhD CEng FIET, IET Vice President, Blessing Danha MEng (Hons) CEng MICE, member of the Institution of Civil Engineers council, Dr Hilary Leevers, EngineeringUK Chief Executive and Faith Wainwright FREng MBE FIStructE FICE FREng DEng(Hons) from the Royal Academy of Engineering. Chairing the event will be Georgina Bailey, Policy Editor of the House magazine.

The events coincide with a new National Engineering Policy Centre document, entitled Engineering a resilient and sustainable future, which will be published at the end of September. The IET and other PEIs have all contributed to this new document.

The document offers a range of suggested concrete actions in four areas, grouped under Net-zero, Education and Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation, but with many interdependencies and overlaps between them. The document sets out how they especially support two priorities of the Spending Review - Economic Recovery – prioritising jobs & skills and Levelling-up by investing in infrastructure and innovation.

The Labour fringe events takes place on Tuesday 22 September at 14:00. Those wishing to attend can purchase a conference pass via the event registration page.

The Conservative fringe event takes place on Tuesday 6 October at 10:00. Those wishing to attend can purchase a conference pass by registering online. Details of speakers at this event are yet to be confirmed.

The IET also plans to run a virtual fringe event at the SNP conference, likely to be held in November.