A Future Without Poverty – Conference Summary

Posted on 24 Mar 2015   Categories: News and Events Related Tags:  

Poverty hasn’t gone away, in fact, according to some estimates it is set to get worse if nothing is done. On what should be done, shades of political opinion differ. This conference on the 2nd March 2015 was an attempt to find means acceptable to all sides, to engage with a wide range of grassroots organisations and to begin a constructive dialogue to as to how we can build cross-party consensus on tackling poverty in the UK.

Ryan Shorthouse of Bright Blue and Andrew Harrop of the Fabian Society who opened the conference spoke of the need to try to identify common solutions to a problem which affected everyone and while the Fabian Society’s research suggested a gloomy forecast, Andrew Harrop insisted the conference was not about doom and despair. For him, the most important thing was ensuring that people had enough money in their pockets and the way to achieve this was through work and more generous tax credits and benefits, redistributing wealth to lower and middle-income families.

This full-day conference was divided into the following sections. Please click on the links below for more detail.

  • Young Voices Liverpool chapter of PEN share experiences of young people in poverty through drama
  • Panel debate: A Future Without Poverty  Charlie Elphicke MP, PPS to secretary of state for work and pensions, Helen Goodman MP, shadow minister for welfare reform, Kenny Imafidon, political commentator, Barry Knight, principal adviser, Webb Memorial Trust, Chair: Oliver Wright, Whitehall correspondent, the IndependePreviewnt

Poverty Conference 024Poverty Conference 029Poverty Conference 065Alan Milburn in poverty debate, London, Britain

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