29. June 2017 - 8:00 till 23:30
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The Conservative route to fighting poverty | One Great George Street | Thursday, 29. June 2017

‘Those that can, should; those who can’t, we will always help’ – that was the Conservative rallying cry on welfare during the coalition years. But how successful have the government’s reforms – including Universal Credit – really been? And with Brexit dominating the domestic agenda, what does the government plan to do next to improve social justice? This event is held in association with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


08:00 - 08:30 - Registration and breakfast

08:30 - 08:35 - Welcome from Andrew Neil (Chair)

08:35 - 09:15 - Keynote speech and Q&A

09:15 - 10:00 - Panel: How successful have the government welfare reforms been? Speakers include:

Edward Boyd, managing director, Centre for Social Justice
Deven Ghelani, director, Policy in Practice
Matthew Oakley, director, WPI Economics and senior researcher, Social Market Foundation
Katie Schmuecker, head of policy, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

10:00 - 10:30 - Coffee break

10:30 - 11:15 - Panel: With Brexit dominating the political agenda, what next for social justice? Speakers include:

Anna Bird, executive director of policy and research, Scope
Darren Murinas, chief executive, Expert Citizens CIC
Campbell Robb, chief executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

11.15 - 11.25 - Closing summary by Andrew Neil

11.30 - End
  • I take it this is a giant practical joke?
  • Seems like an oxymoron to me
  • Received this on my news feed. As much as I like and respect the Spectator and Andew Neil I can't help thinking Jesus would have made a comment or two about fighting poverty after a large Full English breakfast in such salubrious surroundings (ok, it's an assumption). Still, who am I to judge? particularly if people run with the spirit of this and take their plates onto the streets looking or pay for a genuine homeless person to join them for the debate.
  • Somehow I believe this will be a plaster political move rather than tackling the root cause. Crikey they abandoned the measure, introduced zero hour contracts and cut housing benefit! What about the high rents going to those such as themselves. These guys don't care ....
  • This is a joke right?