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Belfast 20 June 2019 1pm-4pm (Law Centre NI) 1 hour before event ends Free  
Leeds 4 July 2019 1pm-4pm (Leeds University Business School) 1 hour before event starts Free  
London 6 June 2019 2.15pm-5.15pm (London School of Economics) 1 hour before event ends Free  
Teesside 18 June 2019 1pm-4pm (Thrive, Stockton) 1 hour before event starts Free  
Glasgow 3 July 2019 1pm-4pm (Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland) 1 hour before event starts Free  
Birmingham 12 June 2019 10am-1pm (hosted by Central England Law Centre - venue: Council House, Birmingham) 1 hour before event starts Free  
Newcastle 1 July 2019 10am-1pm (hosted by Northumbria University - venue: city campus) 1 hour before event starts Free  
Sheffield 5 July 2019 10am-1pm (hosted by the Welfare Reform Centre - venue: to be confirmed) 1 hour before event starts Free  
Teesside 18 June 2019 6pm-8pm (Thrive, Stockton) 1 hour before event starts Free  
Bath 28 June 2019 1pm-4pm (Institute for Policy Research - University of Bath) 1 hour before event starts Free  
Norwich 10 June 2019 1pm-4pm (hosted by DPAC Norfolk & Norfolk Against UC - venue: City Hall, Norwich) 1 hour before event starts Free  
Coventry 19 July 2019 10am-1pm (hosted by Welfare Reform Working Together Group, Partnership for Coventry - venue: One Friargate, Coventry) 1 hour before event starts Free  
Greater Manchester 23 July 2019 1pm-4pm (hosted by Greater Manchester Poverty Action and University of Salford - venue: University of Salford, Media City) 1 hour before event starts Free  

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What proposals should be made in the next UK White Paper

 on social security (welfare benefits)?

 

Supported by the UK Social Policy Association

 

Background

 

The social security/welfare benefits system is failing, with foodbanks and homelessness just two of the most visible signs of this.

 

But there is little agreement, even within civil society, on ways forward.

 

The workshops

 

The workshops will stimulate thinking about the future of social security/welfare benefits, and provide the opportunity for discussion and collaboration among attendees.

 

In particular, the workshops will input to a project called the Commission on Social Security (welfare benefits), led by Experts by Experience which is issuing a Call for Solutions.

 

The Commission is highly innovative in that all the Commissioners are people with experience of claiming benefits. The Commission’s aim is to produce a White Paper style document setting out a better system and building consensus. The Call for Solutions will include questions such as the following.

 

 

  • What steps can be taken to make Universal Credit better or if you think it should be scrapped, what would replace it?
  • How can people who are sick or disabled be better supported and how should the system work out who should get sickness or disability benefits?
  • Should there be a minimum income level below which no one can fall and if so, how could this be done?
  • How should benefit rates be worked out and how much should each benefit be?

 

 

Workshop participants will also be welcome to identify solutions on the whole range of issues relevant to social security/welfare benefits. For example, sanctions, Child Benefit, Local Welfare Assistance Schemes, National Insurance contributory benefits, support for housing costs and council tax, individual/household assessments and payments, how increased spending on benefits can be financed, the balance between means-testing or being contributions-based and reflecting people’s particular needs or being universal? Etc.

 

Workshop format

 

The workshops will have a participatory format including small group work and consensus building activities.

 

They will be structured around the Call for Solutions being made by the Commission on Social Security led by Experts by Experience but will also identify other possible activity.

 

Locations, dates and times

 

  • Bath - Friday 28 June 2019, 1pm-4pm, hosted by the Institute for Policy Research - University of Bath
  • Belfast - Thursday 20 June 2019, 1pm-4pm, hosted by Law Centre NI
  • Birmingham - Wednesday 12 June 2019, 10am-1pm, hosted by Central England Law Centre (venue: Council House, Birmingham) ***FULLY BOOKED***
  • Cardiff - Friday 12 July 2019, separate booking link here
  • Coventry - Friday 19 July 2019, 10am-1pm, hosted by Welfare Reform Working Together Group, Partnership for Coventry(venue: One Friargate, Coventry)
  • Glasgow – Wednesday 3 July 2019, 1pm-4pm, hosted by Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland  
  • Greater Manchester - Tuesday 23 July 2019, 1pm-3pm, hosted by Greater Manchester Poverty Action and University of Salford (venue: University of Salford, Media City)
  • Leeds - Thursday 4 July 2019, 1pm-4pm, hosted by Leeds University Business School
  • Newcastle - Monday 1 July 2019, 10am-1pm, hosted by Northumbria University (venue: city campus)
  • Norwich - Monday 10 June 2019, 1pm-4pm, hosted by DPAC Norfolk & Norfolk Against Universal Credit (venue: Wymer Room, City Hall, Norwich)
  • Sheffield - Friday 5 July 2019, 10am-1pm, hosted by the Welfare Reform Centre (venue: Quaker Meeting House)
  • Teesside - Tuesday 18 June 2019, 1pm to 4pm, hosted by Thrive, Stockton 
  • Teesside - Tuesday 18 June 2019, 6pm to 8pm, hosted by Thrive, Stockton 

 

There will be an additional workshop, supported by the London School of Economics:

 

  • London - Thursday 6 June 2019, 2.15pm-5.15pm ***FULLY BOOKED***

 

Who should attend?

 

Anyone interested in a better social security/welfare benefits system! Whether you are an individual Expert by Experience, part of a user-led or community group, from a third sector organisation, academia or anywhere else, you will be made very welcome. 

 

Workshop organisers

 

Michael Orton and Kate Summers

 

Any queries please email Michael.Orton@warwick.ac.uk

  

Additional information

 

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

 

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

 

In 2016-17 the Social Policy Association supported a previous series of workshops on social security/welfare benefits which identified an agenda for future work. That agenda is summarised here and informs this latest initiative.

 

 

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

 

 

Do you have questions about The next UK White Paper on social security (welfare benefits)? Contact the organiser

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