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How Will Welfare Reform Affect Local Communities?

4th March 2013
  • ResPublica

A ResPublica panel discussion

ResPublica’s event ‘How Will Welfare Reform Affect Local Communities?’ will take the form of a 90 minute panel discussion with Q&A. It will explore the community implications of welfare reform and ask whether we need localism policies that take into account reciprocal welfare measures and local employment markets which include informal work and volunteering.

The ‘strivers and shirkers’ narrative underscores a widespread desire for a fairer economy which rewards hard work and participation in society, yet all too unfortunately is a debate fuelled by individualism. Meanwhile the recent Public Accounts Select committee report and the Court of Appeal ruling on the work programme have exposed contradictions in public attitudes and expectations of employment, welfare and work.

The event will ask whether a more community-based approach, which takes into account the economic implications of localism, would provide solutions that work for local communities and labour markets.

The discussion will provide an opportunity to discuss the findings of ResPublica’s latest report, Responsible recovery: A social contract for local growth. This report is based on the premise that economic growth must be balanced with social prerogatives, and that addressing growth and employment on a local level requires a deeper and more widespread application of localism.

Speakers include:

  • Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions
  • Kate Green MP, Shadow Minister for Equalities
  • Jess Steele, Director of Strategy, Locality
  • Shiv Malik, Correspondent, The Guardian
  • Julian Dobson, author of ResPublica report Responsible Recovery: A social contract for local growth
  • Matthew Gardiner, Chief Executive, Trafford Housing Trust

Kindly supported by: Trafford Housing Trust, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Cross Keys Homes, and Placeshapers.


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