#PovertyAssembly Evidence Session Themes 1-3

These are the first three themes that all be discussed during the three evidence sessions at the Poverty Assembly next week.

See the full schedule here: Draft Schedule

Theme 1: What support do people with complex needs require?

This theme will consider the challenges of supporting people with ‘complex needs’ out of poverty.  A range of issues will be considered including homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, crime etc.

Speakers include: Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Heriot-Watt University, Sean McCollum, Scottish Drugs Forum, John Wood, Community Activist. See a video of John from last year’s conference below. 

Theme 2: What is the role of area-based regeneration in tackling poverty?

Poverty is recognised as being particularly concentrated in certain areas.  Over the last 40 years much time and many resources have been devoted to addressing area-based poverty.  However, poverty continues to be associated with particular areas.  This evidence session will consider what more can be done to break this association.

Speakers include: Douglas Robertson, University of Stirling, Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF, Anna Stewart Community Activist, Cassiltoun Housing Association

Theme 3: What kind of educational system and family support is needed to tackle poverty?

A decent education has always been seen as critical in providing a route out of poverty.  However educational attainment gaps persist between children from households experiencing poverty and those from better off households.  This session will consider the evidence on how education can provide opportunities for all, and can be a real driver for change.

Speakers include: Sue Ellis, Reader in Education, University of Strathclyde, Claire Burns, Head of Evidence and Policy Implementation, Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, Moira Mungall, Community Activist, West Lothian, Jackie Brock, Chief Executive, Children in Scotland

The first evidence session starts at 13.45 on Monday the 28th in Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh.

If you’re not able to make it you can follow the discussions live via Twitter on @PovertyAlliance and the hashtag #PovertyAssembly.


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