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After the Referendum: Tackling Poverty in Europe and the UK
Now that the result of the referendum the UK's membership of the EU is known, there is a need for those who wish to see progressive social change in the UK to take stock. The issues of ensuring decent employment conditions, addressing high levels of child poverty, tackling inequality or addressing the needs of migrants and refugees will not disappear as a result of the UK's departure from the EU. Questions of how we secure, maintain and enhance social rights in the UK should be central not only to the negotiations over the departure from the EU but also for the future.
The legal and consitutional implications of the UK decision are clearly of great significance. However, so too are the political implications. To what extent does the referendum result strengthen the hand of those who wish to see the further deregualtion of our labour market, who are skeptical of human rights, or want an even tougher social security system? There are also implications for the fight against poverty and inequality across Europe, especially as the Brexit vote comes at a time of growing anti-immigrant, populist political movements.
This discussion will focus how we can take forward the fight against poverty in the UK, how we build a stronger movement for change, what some of the key issues are that we face, and what the implications of the Brexit vote are for our movement. Organised by the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) UK, the event will bring together experts and activists, researchers and campaigners, politicians and trade unionists to reflect on the outcome of the referendum and where our anti-poverty movement goes next.
Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. This event is FREE to attend.
1 pm Networking Lunch
1.30pm Opening Remarks
Peter Kelly, Vice President, EAPN
1.45pm The Challenges We Face
Food Insecurity – Dr Rachel Loopstra, University of Oxford
In-work poverty – Dr Peter Kenway, Director, New Policy Institute
Housing and Homelessness – Maeve McGoldrick, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Crisis UK
3.15pm Roundtable Discussion: Where now for Social Europe?
Jean Lambert, MEP
Professor Kenneth Armstrong, University of Cambridge
Katherine Duffy, EAPN England
Nazek Ramadan, Migrant Voice
4.30pm Conclusion and Next Steps