Save the Date! Child Poverty and Social Mobility Seminar
Implications of the Welfare Reform and Work Act for low income children and families in the North East
A joint seminar organised by the Institute for Local Governance (ILG) and the North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC)
10th June 2016, 1-3.45pm Lindisfarne Centre, Durham University
The government’s Welfare Reform and Work Act achieved Royal Assent in March 2016 and has now passed into law. It holds significant implications for how child poverty is defined, measured and addressed in the UK. The Act marks a policy movement away from income-based measures of poverty and the removal of statutory obligations on local authorities to reduce child poverty. Instead, it emphasises tackling worklessness, improving educational attainment and supporting ‘Troubled’ families as the most effective ways to increase the life chances of children living in poverty.
This seminar will explore the potential implications of the Act for the life chances of children living in low income families in the North East, focusing on three key aspects of the Act: the changing definition and measurement of child poverty; extension of the Troubled Families programme (and its effectiveness); and the impact of welfare reform on low income families.
Registration from 12.45pm
1-1.10pm Chair’s welcome (Phillip Edwards, Institute for Local Governance)
1.10-1.30pm Introduction to the Welfare Reform and Work Act (Dr Deborah Harrison, NECPC)
1.30-2pm Changing definitions and measurement of child poverty (Bishop Paul Butler)
2-2.30pm The ‘Troubled Families’ programme (Stephen Crossley, Durham University)
2.30-2.45pm Coffee break
2.45-3.15pm Welfare reform, foodbank use and low income families in Stockton-on-Tees (Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Durham University)
3.15-3.40pm Panel discussion
3.40-3.45pm Closing remarks (Phillip Edwards)
This seminar is intended to be of interest to a wide audience including researchers and academics, Local Authorities and other public sector agencies, housing providers, third sector organisations, schools and children’s services.
In 2016 the North East Child Poverty Commission will have a campaign focus on food poverty. This meeting is designed to bring together a range of people including commissioners, practitioners, researchers, campaigners and those with experience of living in poverty. The aim is to update on current and planned provision in the region, explore key issues affecting children and families, and share ideas about how we can work together to continue to raise the profile of food poverty in the North East.
A detailed programme will follow in early 2016. Themes will include:
Holiday hunger and school holiday provision
Food banks and their alternatives
Healthy food access, including Healthy Start
What is happening (and not happening) in the region?
What do we know about ‘what works’?
How can we work together to raise the profile of food poverty in the North East?
How can we work together to tackle the problem?
Who do we need to influence in our campaign, and how?
This open meeting is intended to be of interest to a wide audience, including:
Local Authorities and other public sector agencies
Got a project or issue you want to shout about? Something specific you want us to cover? Ideas for a future meeting? Get in touch with NECPC’s Coordinator Deb on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07983 408966.
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Work has to be a better route out of poverty. Most poor children have a working parent.