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Turning the Tide: Tackling Poverty in Scotland

 

The devolution of social security powers has given the Scottish Government an opportunity to enshrine our poverty targets in law. Yet poverty levels are rising. What can be done across the Scottish Government and public sector to ensure that poverty is tackled in line with our 2023-2024 target?

The Context

The devolution of social security allowed The Scottish Government to pass the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2018 and reintroduce the targets that had been abolished by the UK.

However, despite progressive changes being made in the newly-devolved social security system it’s projected that we'll miss our interim target of reducing child poverty to 18% by 2023-2034. Instead it's estimated that 29% of children will face poverty, the highest percentage this century. 

The Resolution Foundation identified the key cause of this as the legacy of UK-wide benefit policies such as the two-child limit, the value freeze and other cuts.

Turning the Tide: Tackling Poverty in Scotland will examine how we can ensure a smooth transition for the more challenging second wave of benefits. Join Holyrood as we look at lessons learned and what more can be done across the Scottish Government to forge social justice and put an end to poverty in Scotland.

Key Issues We’ll Discuss

  • The context – drivers of poverty and why it's projected to go in the wrong direction

  • Next steps in implementing the devolved welfare system. What lessons have been learnt to ensure smooth delivery of the £2billion disability assistance benefits?

  • Ensuring Social Security Scotland has the right people and skills to implement policy

  • Maintaining the principles of the social security charter at the point of delivery

  • Delivery of strategic digital welfare solutions

  • Tackling poverty across Scottish Government

  • Implementation of the expansion of free childcare hours

  • The next steps for housing after the delivery of 35,000 new homes for social rent by 202

  • What more can be done in terms of Fair Work policy?

  • The NTS/STPR2, social inclusion and tackling poverty

  • Tackling stigma towards poverty in Scotland and reshaping public attitudes towards social security

  • Delivery of world-class child and adolescent mental health services with early intervention and prevention at its heart

  • Tackling poverty and health inequalities

  • Building on the Scottish Child Payment, the Income Supplement and identifying what more can be done

 

 

Confirmed Speakers

  • Bill Scott, Chair, Poverty and Inequality Commission 
  • John Dickie, Director, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland
  • Laurence Rockey, Head of Strategy and Communications, City of Edinburgh Council
  • Mhoraig Green, Strategic Policy Lead, Citizen's Advice Scotland
  • Rachel Statham, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR Scotland
  • Andrew Bailie, Partnerships Manager, Social Bite
  • Ruth Boyle, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Close the Gap
  • Alexander Quayle, Senior Policy Officer, Sustrans Scotland 
  • Dr Sarah Glynn, Scottish Unemployed Workers Network 

Agenda

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:25 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Bill Scott, Chair, Poverty and Inequality Commission 

Session 1: Drivers Of Poverty And Why Levels Are Going In The Wrong Direction

The Resolution Foundation’s seminal report estimated that an additional 100,000 children will be in poverty by 2023-2024. Why is this happening?

10:35 John Dickie, Director, Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland 

10:55 Laurence Rockey, Head of Strategy and Communications, City of Edinburgh Council

11:10 Questions and Discussion 

11:30 Interactive Session

This peer-to-peer learning exercise will allow delegates to interact; discuss problems and issues they have come across in both their own professional and personal backgrounds; offer solutions in an open forum; and generate further discussion for use in the designated Question and Discussion sessions.

12:10 Refreshments and Networking

Session 2: Next Steps in Implementing Social Security Reform

  • Delivery of the first wave of social security benefits was more difficult than anticipated. What lessons can be learned to ensure delivery of the second wave is as smooth as possible?
  • Ensuring the Social Security Scotland team has people with the skill and opportunity to implement the required changes
  • Maintaining the positive aspirations of the charter through to the point of delivery
  • Navigating the transition to the devolved social security system
  • Broaching long-term digital solutions

12:30 Dr Sarah Glynn, Scottish Unemployed Workers Network 

12:45 Mhoraig Green, Strategic Policy Lead, Citizen's Advice Scotland

13:00 Questions and Discussion with Rachel Statham, Economic Analyst, IPPR Scotland and Bill Scott, Chair, Poverty and Inequality Commission & Senior Policy Advisor, Inclusion Scotland

13:30 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Showing Ambition and Rising to the Challenge: What More Government Can Do

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation asserts that poverty can only be sustainably tackled through a range of government policy and directives. In this session we present a cross-panel of prominent stakeholders to look at some of the wider factors and policy portfolios affecting poverty in Scotland to discern what ought to or ought not be done.  

14:20 Rachel Statham, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR Scotland 

14:35 Andrew Bailie, Partnerships Manager, Social Bite

14:45 Ruth Boyle, Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Close the Gap

14:55 Alexander Quayle, Senior Policy Officer, Sustrans Scotland

15:05 Questions and Discussion 

15:30 Closing Remarks from Chair

Bill Scott, Chair, Poverty and Inequality Commission 

15:35 Close of Event

*Please note the agenda is subject to change

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Date
27 Feb 2020
Venue
COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH
Cost
Reduced Rate
1 place £145+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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