Making Work Pay? What role can the welfare state play in raising living standards?
Monday, 8 December 2014 from 13:30 to 16:30 (GMT)
A half-day conference to be held at Congress House at 1.30-4.30pm on 8th December
Lunch available from 12.30 and the conference will be followed by a drinks and networking reception.
The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has reported that:
‘Even world-beating levels of parental employment coupled with significant wage increases will not enable the UK to eradicate poverty’ (State of the Nation 2014, page 143)
And world-beating employment levels with significant wage increases are not very likely. Unemployment is falling, but underemployment is rising and average weekly earnings are falling in real terms. Low-paid workers and their families now account for a majority of people in poverty.
Employment policy by itself is not enough to solve the living standards crisis and stop child poverty growing to unprecedented heights. This will require employment policy and welfare reforms that work together.
This conference will discuss two vital recent reports: the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Cumulative Impact Assessment of recent tax and welfare reform and the Office for Budget Responsibility’s first Welfare Trends Report. In addition to presentation of these reports, there will be expert responses and an open discussion.
The conference will be chaired by Nicola Smith, TUC Head of Economic and Social Affairs.
This conference will provide an opportunity to discuss two of the most important recent reports for the development of future policy on living standards and poverty with acknowledged experts in their field. It will take place just five days after the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, when the terms of the political debate through to next year’s general election will be a lot clearer.
A free drinks reception after the event will provide space for discussion and networking.
This conference is free, but places are strictly limited, please register now.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is the voice of Britain at work. We represent nearly six million working people in 52 unions across the economy. We campaign for more and better jobs and a better working life for everyone, and we support trade unions to grow and thrive.
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