Ordinary Working Families Conference: Supporting households on the edge
“The objective of our economic policy is to support ordinary working families, and to build an economy that works for them.” – Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Standing on the steps of 10 Downing Street in July 2016, Theresa May pledged that her Government would support families who are “just about managing”. Six million households in the UK have at least one working adult but barely earn enough to meet the growing cost of living. These families have been hit by over a decade of low wage growth, the high cost of childcare and a shortage of affordable housing forcing them into the expensive private rented sector. A lack of disposable income and negligible savings mean these families are unable to plan for emergencies or unexpected changes in circumstances. The 2017 budget contained a number of measures designed to help ordinary working families including a doubling of free child care for working parents and increases in the national living wage and personal tax allowance. But these gains have been offset by cuts to universal credit, the reduced availability of consumer credit and the likelihood of inflation linked to the falling value of the pound post-Brexit.
Join us for the Ordinary Working Families Conference where leading experts will discuss the economic factors affecting those on low and middle incomes and what can be done to secure long-term financial security.
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Topics covered on the day will include:
- How have economic factors and Government policy contributed to the declining living standards of working families in recent years?
- What are the financial factors which mean some families are left with less money each year?
- What is the minimum income standard (MIS) and what can the index tell us about ordinary working families?
- What additional challenges are faced by working families in rural communities?
- What role does the voluntary sector play in supporting struggling families?
- What opportunities are available for the public and charity sectors to collaborate in order to help families?
- How can local authorities respond to specific challenges in their area?
- How have welfare and tax reforms affected working families and what impact will Brexit have on living conditions?
- What are the health and social care needs of struggling families?
- Hear from leading experts in economic and social policy on the issues effecting ordinary working families.
- Learn how public sector organisations can better support families on low to middle incomes.
- Analyse case studies and see how charities and local authorities are helping families that are just about managing.
- Quiz expert speakers during a panel discussion.
- Network with delegates from across the public and voluntary sectors.
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Dr Lisa Scullion, Associate Director and Reader in Social Policy, Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit, University of Salford
Dr Emma Stone, Director of Policy and Research, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (invited)
Exploring the Government’s pledge to improve the fortune of “just about managing” families
Matt Padley, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy
Minimum Income Standards and measuring the extent of households struggle to make ends meet
Question and Answer Session
Refreshments and Networking Break
Andrew Stephenson MP, Conservative MP for the Borough of Pendle (invited)
Graham Whitham, Founding Member, Greater Manchester Poverty Action
Paul Dennett, Salford Mayor
Case Study: Mobilising grassroots action to support those fighting the battle of income equality
Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
Torsten Bell, Director, Resolution Foundation (invited)
Weak income growth and rising living costs: The price families are paying for continued austerity
Sharon Jones, Head of Funding in Manchester, Big Lottery Fund
How the Big Lottery Fund is delivering vital support to social projects across the UK
Question and Answer session
Refreshments, Networking Break & Exhibition Viewing
Closing Remarks from Chair
Dr Lisa Scullion, Associate Director and Reader in Social Policy, Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit, University of Salford)
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- Understand the challenges facing struggling families in this country
- Examining where Local Authorities, Charities and Government can strengthen their approach to alleviating “JAMs” from the cycle of breadline living
- What can local services do to better manage the outcome of families requiring their assistance
- Exploring the latest research and findings from organisations who work hard to highlight the complex issues surrounding just about managing families
- Breaking the cycle of “just about managing” for the next generation of children growing up in financially unsecure families and communities