Rights into Reality: Human Rights in a Fairer Scotland
7th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty
Since 2010 the Poverty Alliance has been organising the annual Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty. This has become an event that brings together people with experience of poverty, community and voluntary organisations, activists, trades unions, policy makers and policitians, researchers: anyone with an interest in making a bigger impact on poverty. More than just another conference, it is a forum where we can learn from each other, debate and plan action.
In the uncertain context that now exists in Scotland and the UK for tackling poverty, this year's Assembly will look at what opportunities exist to push forward action to address poverty. We have joined with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and NHS Health Scotland to focus human rights based approaches can be used to make progress. A series of workshops will look at key areas where rights based approaches can be used to help tackle poverty and inequality.
As well as sharing practical ideas and experience on using rights based approaches, the Assembly will also provide an opportunity to look the Scottish Government's new Fairer Scotland Action Plan and to debate how we can best ensure that new social security powers are used to combat poverty. With the decision to leave the EU throwing a new shadow over our efforts to tackle poverty, it is more critical than ever to come together to discuss, debate and plan action to address poverty.
The Assembly will take place on the annual UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and is part of Challenge Poverty Week 2017.
10.00: Welcome and Introductions
10.10: Opening Plenary: Poverty, Human Rights and Brexit
Judith Robertson, Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission
Professor Kenneth Armstrong, University of Cambridge
David Martin MEP (tbc)
Dr Ima Jackson, Migrant Voice/Glasgow Caledonian University (tbc)
11.15: Coffee & Networking
11.45 Fairer Scotland: Progress Update
The 6th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty looked at how we create a fairer Scotland. One year on we will be looking at the Scottish Government’s new Fairer Scotland Action which came out of last year’s consultation. This session will be a participatory discussion looking at the opportunities that the new Action Plan provides.
13.00 Lunch & Poverty Alliance AGM
14:00 Turning Rights into Reality: Practical Experiences
1. The Right to Health
2. Securing Adequate Incomes
3. Getting Heard: the Right to Participate
4. The Right to Housing
15.15 The Future of Social Security in Scotland: Political Panel Debate
Including contributions from Jeane Freeman MSP (tbc), Minister for Social Secuirty and Co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, Patrick Harvie MSP. Other speakers to be confirmed.
16.30 Final summary and close
Thanks to the Scottish Human Rights Commission and NHS Health Scotland for their support for this event.
Please note that reasonable travel and caring expenses will be reimbursed to individuals living on a low income.