Draft Schedule – 5th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty #PovertyAssembly

A Scotland Without Poverty: 5th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty
John McIntyre Conference Centre
Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh
Monday, 28 April & Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty has become one of the key forums for discussion and debate about the challenges and solutions to the problems of poverty in Scotland.  Organised by the Poverty Alliance, Scotland’s anti-poverty network, the Assembly brings together people with direct experience of poverty, community and voluntary organisations, trade unions, faith groups, academics and research, alongside politicians and policy makers to discuss and debate how to make progress in the fight against poverty.

The fifth Assembly is being organised with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and will feed into their UK Anti-Poverty Strategies research programme.  Focused on JRF’s five anti-poverty themes the Assembly will build on previous years’ debates to consider what a Scotland Without Poverty would look like and how we may get there.

DAY 1 (Monday, 28 April 2014)

9.30 – 10.15:               Registration & Coffee

10.15 – 11.15:             Opening Plenary: Achieving a Poverty Free Scotland

  • Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare, Scottish Government
  • Louise Allan, Community Activist: Fife Gingerbread
  • Martin Boyle Community Activist: Scottish Drugs Forum

11.15 – 11.45:             Coffee

11.45 – 12.45:             World café:  What a Scotland Without Poverty Means to Me

12.45 – 13.45:             Lunch

13.45 – 14.45:             Evidence Session 1: Identifying the Main Issues and Causes

  • To read more about the Evidence Session themes CLICK HERE
  • Evidence will be given by academics, civil society organisations and community activists
  • Discussion to identify main issues and causes on the particular theme focusing on priorities, what has changed in trends, what has persisted and the prospects beyond 2014).

14.45 – 15.15              Coffee

15.15 – 16.15:             Evidence Session 2: Identifying the Solutions

  • Further evidence given by policy-makers and others that outline current and potential responses to the relevant poverty issue.
  • Discussion to identify solutions (what are barriers, opportunities, impacts, connections to other policy areas etc.)


9.30 – 10.15:               Registration & Coffee

10.15 – 11.15:             Plenary: Political Panel: What Would a Scotland Without Poverty Look Like?

  • Jackie Baillie MSP
  • Patrick Harvie MSP
  • Willie Rennie MSP
  • John Mason MSP


11.15 – 11.45:             Coffee

11.45 – 12.45:             Evidence Session 3: Recommendations for Action

  • Discussion to identify key solutions and actions needed

12.45 – 13.45:             Lunch

13.45 – 14.45:             Plenary: Making Change Happen

  • Julia Unwin, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Jackie Killeen, Director, Big Lottery Fund Scotland

14.45 – 15.15:             Coffee

15.15 – 16.15:             Decision Time: Identifying Priorities

  • Feedback from evidence sessions from facilitators – main issues, causes and actions required

16.15 – 16.30              Closing Comments: Peter Kelly, Director, the Poverty Alliance

16.30                           Close

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule might change.

Read more about this year’s assembly here: A Scotland Without Poverty: 5th Scottish Assembly for Tackling Poverty, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh.
Follow us on Twitter @PovertyAlliance and use the hashtag #PovertyAssembly to join in the conversation.

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