A Parliament to Tackle Poverty? 20 years of the Scottish Parliament

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The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

2 Sauchiehall Street


G2 3NY

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This year's Poverty Alliance’s annual conference will mark the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament. Focusing on the impact that the Parliament has had on tackling poverty and social injustice, it will be an opportunity to reflect on sucesses and to set out how the challenges ahead can be met.

There will be opportunities to discuss with campaigners from across civil society, Scottish Government representatives, politicians in a series of panels and workshops. It will be a chance to better understand how we have made progress in the past and to consider how we apply these lessons to the future.

Places at the conference are FREE but limited.

Draft Agenda

09.30: Registration

Morning Session: Looking back

10.00: Chair’s Welcome

10.05: What we need from the Scottish Parliament:

Views from Community Activists

10.15: Poverty in Scotland: The Role of the Scottish Parliament

Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government (including Q&A)

11:00 Coffee break

11:20 Scotland the Brave? Social justice & 20 years of the Scottish Parliament

Panel Discussion: with Gerry Hassan, Satwat Rehman, Tressa Burke, Henry McLeish

12.30 Lunch and Poverty Alliance AGM (PA AGM at 13:00)

Afternoon Session: Debating the future

13.30: Propositions for Parliament

A workshop session to explore ideas that can help shape a more socially just Scotland. Each workshop will hear two ‘propositions’ on how we can use the Parliament to help address poverty more effectively in the future.

  1. A democracy for all: propositions on how we can make our democracy truly participatory and inclusive for people living in communities affected by poverty.

  2. An economy for all: propositions to practically change the way our economy operates that will help address in-work poverty, promote secure work and that is genuinely sustainable.

  3. A social security system for all: How can we use our powers more creatively to ensure that our social security system delivers reductions in poverty and is responsive to 21st century needs.

14:45 Break

15:05 Parliamentary Prospects: Priorities for 2021

Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP (tbc)

Bob Doris MSP

Alison Johnstone MSP

Elaine Smith MSP

Adam Tomkins MSP

16.05 Final summary

Peter Kelly, Director, Poverty Alliance

16:15 Close

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