The Poverty Alliance’s annual seminar series

The Poverty Alliance’s annual seminar series
Poverty Alliance

2010 will be a significant year in the fight against poverty. The UK General Election and the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion will provide a real opportunity to debate about how best to tackle poverty. It is an opportunity to look at existing strategies, consider the successes and failures and what the next steps ought to be. The Poverty Alliance’s annual seminar series will focus on looking at what has been achieved so far, and what the anti-poverty movement in Scotland should be calling for in the next period in order to ensure that poor people are not made to pay for the economic crisis. The seminars will look at:

    * The Facts: drawing on the latest figures from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation and the Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion report, as well as analysis of Single Outcome Agreements (SOAs) we will consider where progress has been made;
    * The Policies: In key areas such as reducing low incomes, providing access to decent services, creating quality employment, are we making progress and what more do we need to do? Discussion will cover both Scottish and UK policies
    * The Demands: What should a post 2010 anti-poverty agenda look like? We will discuss what key demands should be presented during the elections in 2010 – and what we have to do to realise our demands.

The seminars will be focused on sharing an analysis of national trends and highlighting common experiences. Discussions will be held in small groups to allow for maximum participation and to understand how policies and practices are impacting locally. The discussions at the seminars will contribute to the Poverty Alliance’s general election work, and will also feed into broader work around the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. A total of 10 half day seminars will take place between

Glasgow Central          15 January
Motherwell                   22 January
Newton St Boswells     29 January
Blantyre                      12 February
Dundee                       19 February
Inverness                     2 March
Elgin                           3 March
Aberdeen                     4 March
Edinburgh                    5 March
Glasgow Govan            10 March

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