4th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty 2013: Achieving Social Justice in Scotland

25th and 26th March 2013, Mitchell Library, Glasgow

 

Since 2010 the Poverty Alliance, Scotland's anti-poverty network, has been organising an annual Assembly for Tackling Poverty. This Assembly has become a key forum for debating the issues associated with tackling poverty in Scotland. The Assembly brings people with direct experience of the issues of poverty together with representatives of all parts of civil society - community groups, voluntary organisations, trade unions, faith based organisations - and policy makers and politicans. By bringing together a diverse group for two days of debate and dialogue, the Assembly aims to build consensus about the causes of poverty and the priorities for tackling it. At the heart of this dialogue is the real, lived experience of poverty in Scotland.

This year's Assembly will focus on the challenges of achieving social justice in Scotland. Whether it is rising food and fuel costs, shifting public attitudes to poverty, or dealing with the consequences of welfare changes, we face considerable challenges. At the same time we have the prospect of the independence referendum in 2014. This year's Assembly will provide opportunities for debate about all of these issues, as well as an opportunity to reflect on what we have learned over the last 4 years of the EPIC project and how we apply those lessons in the future.

As always the Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty is FREE to attend. If you are based in Scotland and are living on a low income, or are from a grassroots organisation with low or no funding, we will be able to help you with travel and caring costs. We can also help with accommodation costs if necessary. Please note that places are limited for the Assembly. We will seek to achieve a balance between participants from the grassroots, civil society groups, statutory bodies, and political groups. We may also limit the number of participants from any one group. We will also prioritise those who can attend for both days of the Assembly. 

To book your place at the Assembly please use the booking forms below. If you intend to come to both days, please remember to us BOTH booking forms. Please note that the agenda is draft and subject to change.


BOOKING FOR THE ASSEMBLY IS NOW CLOSED. HOWEVER, IF YOU STILL WISH TO ATTEND PLEASE CALL THE POVERTY ALLIANCE ON 0141 353 0440 TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST

 

Agenda

Day One, 25 March 2013

 

09.30              Registration

 

10.00              Chairs Welcome

                      Jim McCormick, Scotland Advisor, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

 

10.05              What social justice means to us: views from the grassroots

 

Innocent Jakisa, community activist

John Wood, community activist, Scottish Drugs Forum

Hazel Rafferty, community activist, Fife Gingerbread

Zara Kitson, community activist

 

10.30               Workshops: Key themes emerging from EPIC

  1. Why are so many people in work still poor?
  2. The ‘bedroom tax’ and the crisis in housing
  3. Poverty and its impact on Mental Health. What lessons can we learn?
  4. How can we stop the education system failing disadvantaged children?
  5. How do we challenge financial exclusion?
  6. How do we get a more equal Scotland?
  7. Changing Public Attitudes: Learning from other campaigns

 

11.40              Break

 

12.00              Working Together to Achieving Social Justice in Scotland: What are the Challenges?                        

  • Patrick Harvie MSP
  • Bob Doris MSP
  • Drew Smith MSP
  • Anne McGuire MP

 

13.00           Lunch

 

14.00         Workshops: Key themes emerging from EPIC

  1. Why are so many people in work still poor?
  2. The ‘bedroom tax’ and the crisis in housing
  3. Poverty and its impact on Mental Health. What lessons can we learn?
  4. How can we stop the education system failing disadvantaged children?
  5. How do we challenge financial exclusion?
  6. How do we get a more equal Scotland?
  7. Changing Public Attitudes: Learning from other campaigns

           

 

15.15     Keynote Address: Meeting the Challenge of Poverty in Scotland

              Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare Reform

  

16.00      Close

 

Agenda

Day Two, 26 March 2012

 

09.30              Registration

 

10.00              Chairs Welcome:

Jim McCormick, Scotland Advisor, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

 

10.15              Plenary: Social Justice in Scotland & the Referendum

  • Gerry Hassan, author and broadcaster
  • Kate Higgins, blogger and activist
  • Mike Dailly, Better Together
  • Blair Jenkins, Yes Scotland
  • Dave Watson, Red Paper Collective
  • Kainde Manji, equalities activist 

 

11.15              Coffee Break

 

11.30              Workshops – What have we learned from EPIC?

  1. Lobbying policy makers
  2. Gathering evidence
  3. Engaging local services
  4. Working with the media
  5. Getting active in your community

 

12.30              Lunch

 

13.30                Workshops Tackling Poverty: Facing the future challenges

  1. Fairer Welfare: Laying the basis for the future
  2. How do we get Decent Jobs
  3. Food Poverty: From food-bank to food security
  4. Beyond the Myths: Challenging Attitudes to Poverty
  5. Heat and Eat: Tackling Fuel Poverty

 

14.45     Break

 

15.00       Final Plenary: Tackling Poverty: Facing the future challenges

  • Chris Goulden, Head of Team (Poverty), Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Danny McCafferty, Convenor, Clydebank Independent Resource Centre
  • Satwat Rehman, Director, One Parent Families Scotland
  • Rev. Sally Foster-Fulton, Convenor, Church of Scotland Church & Society Council

 

16.00         Conference Round up

 

16.15         Close

 

The EPIC project, and the Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty, is funded by BIG Lottery in Scotland

 

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