Solving destitution in the UK

Central London
Thursday 07 June 2018 -
12:45 to 17:00

At this event, we launched our new report, Destitution in the UK 2018.

In our society, we believe in showing compassion towards others, and helping and protecting each other from harm. And yet right now, a significant number of people across the UK are trapped in a spiral of destitution.

To coincide with the publication of a new JRF report detailing the extent and nature of destitution, JRF held a major conference to debate and discuss the opportunities to solve this pressing problem.

We must all get behind the changes that can solve destitution. Join us in this challenge so we can ensure that everyone in our country has the opportunity to build a better life.

Guests had the opportunity to attend one of the below workshops:

  • What can be done locally to reduce destitution? This workshop is now full.
  • The law as a tool for tackling destitution.
  • What are the effects of UK policy on destitution? This workshop is now full.

Keynote: Kit Malthouse MP, Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance

Chair: Sali Hughes, Journalist, Writer, Broadcaster and Co-founder of Beauty Banks

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Programme

Programme of events
12:45pm Lunch and registration
1:30pm Opening remarks
Chair: Sali Hughes, Journalist, Writer, Broadcaster and Co-founder of Beauty Banks
1:35pm Welcome
Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
1:40pm Destitution in the UK 2018
Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick
, Director, The Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University
Professor Glen Bramley, The Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University
2:00pm Keynote address and Q and A
Kit Malthouse MP
, Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance
2:20pm Destitution in the UK 2018 - Q and A
Professor Glen Bramley
, The Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities   Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University
Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Director, The Institute for Social Policy,   Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University
Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
2:55pm Parallel workshops
Room: Hoare
1st floor
Workshop 1: What can be done locally to reduce destitution?
Chair: Chris Goulden, Deputy Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Karen Barker, Lead Researcher on NPI’s Preventing Destitution: Policy   and Practice in the UK
Rose Doran, Senior Adviser, Local Government Association
Room: Westminster
Ground Floor
Workshop 2: The law as a tool for tackling destitution
Chair: Dr. Natalie Byrom, Director of Research and Learning, The Legal Education Foundation
Claire Brand, Service Manager, London Refugee Support Service, British Red Cross
Mark McDonald-Loncke, Justice First Fellowship
Professor Gráinne McKeever, Director, Ulster University Law Clinic
Room: Council
Ground floor
Workshop 3: What are the effects of UK policy on destitution?
Chair: Helen Barnard, Head of Analysis, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Professor Glen Bramley, The Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities    Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University
Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Director, The Institute for Social Policy,   Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE), Heriot-Watt University
Matthew Oakley, Director, WPI Economics
4:15pm How do we solve destitution in the UK?
Carmel McConnell MBE
, Founder, Magic Breakfast
Seyi Obakin OBE, CEO, Centrepoint
The Rt Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop at Lambeth and Trustee of Feeding Britain
4:55pm Closing remarks
Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Joseph Rowntree Foundation 
5:00pm Close