Putting the security back into social security
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Putting the security back into social security

Putting the security back into social security

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Putting the security back into social security


***As of 21 November 2016 all the Workshops are fully booked - please email Michael.Orton@warwick.ac.uk to join the waiting list, stating your preferred venue***


Six Workshops supported by the UK Social Policy Association

Teesside - Tuesday 29 November 2016, 1.30-4.30, hosted by Teesside University ***Fully booked***

Salford - Monday 5 December 2016, 1.30-4.30, hosted by the University of Salford ***Fully booked***

London - Wednesday 7 December 2016, 1.30-4.30, hosted by StepChange Debt Charity ***Fully booked***

Glasgow - Monday 12 December 2016, 1.30-4.30, hosted by the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland ***Fully booked***

Leeds - Friday 16 December 2016, 9.30-12.30, hosted by the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council ***Fully booked***

(Sales Ended: London - Friday 4 November 2016, 9.30-12.30, hosted by Shelter, 88 Old Street, London EC1V 9HU)

The Workshops are free but places are limited and registration is essential.


Details: What practical, concrete steps can be taken to put the security back into social security - in the short to medium term (and if this includes additional costs, how can it be funded)? is the question each Workshop will tackle. It is for anyone interested in answers to the Workshop question: front-line advisers, anti-poverty campaigners, practitioners, people with expertise by experience, policy-makers and academics.


Background: The issue of social security is fundamental to social policy. The recasting of social security as problematic, and now toxic, 'welfare' - which fails to prevent hunger, never mind ensure security - is well documented. A recent report (Secure & Free: 5+ solutions to socio-economic insecurity) found that on issues such as housing and Early Childhood Education and Care, there are many ideas available within civil society and much consensus. However, on the core issue of social security in relation to income the same is not the case.

The aim of each Workshop is to:


identify immediately available answers to the Workshop question;

create a community of interest around this issue; and

plan next steps.


The Workshops will be based on participatory approaches including small group work, consensus building activities and so on. They will be introduced by Michael Orton, author of Secure & Free, with co-hosts at each event:


Teesside - Katy McEwan (Teesside University), Sarah Batty (Welfare Rights Trainer and National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers) and Tracey Herrington (Thrive)

Salford - Lisa Scullion (University of Salford) and Neil McInroy (Centre for Local Economic Strategies)

Glasgow - Peter Kelly (Poverty Alliance) and Sharon Wright (University of Glasgow)

Leeds - Jo Ingold (University of Leeds), Steve Carey (Leeds City Council) and Sue Watson (Dole Animators)

London (7 December) - Emeritus Professor Liz Dowler (University of Warwick) and Peter Tutton (StepChange Debt Charity)

London (4 November) - Alison Garnham (Child Poverty Action Group), Catherine Hale (Independent Researcher and Expert by Experience) and Kitty Stewart (LSE)


This is an exciting opportunity to generate, and build consensus around, practical and positive ideas.


A small travel budget is available for people who would otherwise be unable to attend. Please contact the organiser for further information.


For more information about the Social Policy Association, its work and how to become a member, visit http://www.social-policy.org.uk/

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