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Friday, 31 October 2014

Welfare State and Living Standards — TUC 'Making Work Pay' 1/2 day Conference, Monday 8 December

From Helen Nadin, Policy & Campaigns Support Officer, Economic & Social Affairs Dept, TUC 

Making Work Pay? What role can the welfare state play in raising living standards?
A half-day free conference to be held at Congress House at 1.30-4.30pm on 8th December.
Lunch available from 12.30 and the conference will be followed by a drinks reception.
At a time of rising high underemployment and falling average weekly earnings, low-paid workers and their families now account for a majority of people living in poverty. But with the public finances under continued pressure, employment policy and welfare reforms need to work together to achieve change.
The conference will discuss the two new key reports that consider the scale of this challenge, as well as debating how it could be met. The authors of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Cumulative Impact Assessment of recent tax and welfare reform will present key findings from their analysis, and the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Head of Staff will set out the findings from the OBR’s first Welfare Trends Report.
Speakers include:
·         Peter Brant, Acting Director of the Secretariat to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission
·         Richard Exell, Senior Policy Officer, TUC
·         Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
·         Andrew Hood, Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies
·         Andy King, Head of Staff, Office for Budget Responsibility
·         Jonathan Portes, Director, National Institute for Economic and Social Research (tbc)
·         Howard Reed, Director, Landman Economics
The conference will be chaired by Nicola Smith, TUC Head of Economic and Social Affairs.
A free drinks reception after the event will provide space for discussion and networking.
Helen Nadin
Policy and Campaigns Support Officer
Economic and Social Affairs Department
Congress House
Great Russell Street
Tel: 020 7467 1224
Mob: 07766 252463
Email: hnadin@tuc.org.uk

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