#PovertyAssembly 2013 Live Tweeting

There will be a lot of interesting plenary sessions going on at year’s Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty. We will be discussing everything from views from the grassroots to future challenges of achieving social justice. If you can’t make it along to any of our sessions or if you’re at the assembly and want to share your opinion please follow our hashtag #PovertyAssembly . This is where all the online discussions will take place.

Here’s what’s happening at the Assembly this year:

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

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One comment

  1. alexweir1949

    The west is now reaping the harvest sown by thatcher and regan in the 1980s. Poverty is now a plague spreading inexorably across the west, transforming fertile fields into wastelands. The whole world is now in mortal danger. Complete rejigging of world economy and politics is very overdue. Alex Weir, gaborone

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