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UCL Jeffrey Hall

Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way

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We are delighted to invite you to the
12th Annual UCL & Bindmans LLP Debate

‘Is charity the new welfare state? Are charities and not for profits taking on all the burdens of the state without any of the benefits?’.

Increasingly burdens are being placed on charities to pick up service obligations previously provided by the state. Seven years and three governments after the Big Society project began, this debate will interrogate the shift towards third sector service provision, and ask what the implications are for citizens, civil society, and democracy.

Recent tragedies such as the disaster at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist attacks in Manchester have elicited huge responses from civil society, and a bigger role than ever for third sector groups – is this to be celebrated as a renaissance of community spirit, or does it simply highlight the failure of central government to do its job? Also, how well equipped is the third sector to fill the gaps left by an increasingly lean state, and what does it mean for democratic accountability when things go wrong?

Panel includes
· Mark Littlewood (Director General, Institute for Economic Affairs)
· Sir Stuart Etherington (Chief Executive, NCVO)
· Karol Sikora (Oncologist and Campaigner)
· Barbara Keeley MP (Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care)
· Chair: Polly Toynbee (The Guardian)


on: Wednesday 25 October 2017
from: 6.30 - 8pm, followed by a drinks reception
at: Jeffrey Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

ABOUT THE ORGANISERS:
Bindmans has a long history and tradition of challenging injustice and protecting the rights and freedoms of ordinary people. While the firm has evolved over the years to offer a broad range of services, its commitment to fairness and to ensuring access to justice remains at the heart of everything we do.

Bindmans has a reputation for its cutting-edge work, including test cases in ground breaking areas of the law. Bindmans’ client base is wide and developing and includes private individuals, NGOs and trade unions, public and regulatory bodies and businesses.

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