Briefing

The Conservative route to fighting poverty: lessons from the last seven years

‘Those that can, should; those who can’t, we will always help’ – that was the Conservative rallying cry on welfare during the coalition years. But how successful have the government’s reforms – including Universal Credit – really been? And with Brexit dominating the domestic agenda, what does Theresa May’s government plan to do next to improve social justice?

Programme:

08:00 – 08:30 – Registration and breakfast

08:30 – 08:35 – Welcome from Andrew Neil (Chair)

08:35 – 09:05 – Keynote speech and Q&A

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

09:05 – 09:50 – Panel: How successful have the government welfare reforms been? Speakers include:

Edward Boyd, managing director, Centre for Social Justice
Deven Ghelani, director, Policy in Practice
Matthew Oakley, director, WPI Economics and senior researcher, Social Market Foundation
Katie Schmuecker, head of policy, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

09:50 – 10:10 – Coffee break

10:10 – 10:55 – Panel: With Brexit dominating the political agenda, what next for social justice? Speakers include:

Anna Bird, executive director of policy and research, Scope
Darren Murinas, chief executive, Expert Citizens CIC
Fraser Nelson, editor, The Spectator
Campbell Robb, chief executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

11.00 – End

Speakers

Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil

Chair

Chairman of The Spectator Magazine Group

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

Former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Anna Bird

Anna Bird

Executive director of policy and research, Scope

Edward Boyd

Edward Boyd

Managing director, Centre for Social Justice

Deven Ghelani

Deven Ghelani

Director, Policy in Practice

Darren Murinas

Darren Murinas

Chief Executive, Expert Citizens CIC

Fraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson

Editor, The Spectator

Matthew Oakley

Matthew Oakley

Director, WPI Economics and senior researcher, Social Market Foundation

Campbell Robb

Campbell Robb

Chief executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Katie Schmuecker

Katie Schmuecker

Head of policy, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Venue

One Great George Street, Westminster SW1P 3AE