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“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:
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
Beth Plant, Policy and Learning Manager, Big Lottery Fund and David Ormsby, Salford Citizens Advice Bureaux (CONFIRMED)
How the Big Lottery Fund is delivering vital support to social projects across the UK
Question and Answer Session
Refreshments and Networking Break
Paul Dennett, Mayor of Salford (CONFIRMED)
Case Study: Mobilising grassroots action to support those fighting the battle of income equality
Graham Whitham, Founding Member, Greater Manchester Poverty Action (CONFIRMED)
The poverty penalty – how low income families can end up paying more for everyday goods and services
Lunch & Exhibition Viewing
Stephen Clarke, Research and Policy Analyst, Resolution Foundation (CONFIRMED)
The living standards of ‘ordinary working families’ – past, present and future
Alec McFadden, Centre Manager, The Salford Unemployed & Community Resource Centre (CONFIRMED)
Refreshments & Comfort Break
Closing Remarks from Chair
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