2011 Forum

Farewell welfare?

22 March 2011, 6.30 pm

Bentham Main Lecture Theatre, Bentham House, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG

Does a fair society require a welfare state? If welfare cuts are needed, how can their fairness be ensured? Can it ever be fair for cuts to hit the poor hardest? This year, a panel of notable speakers will be discussing the notions of fairness and welfare, in light of the coalition government’s proposed cuts to the welfare state. David Cameron and the coalition government have invoked the concept of fairness to justify and explain huge changes across the public sector, which include cuts to the welfare state. It is argued that many of these cuts affect disadvantaged members of society – women, lower socio-economic classes, ethnic minorities, disabled groups, etc. – the most. How can the invocation of ‘fairness’ be reconciled with this apparent increase in inequality?

The forum will comprise a combination of politicians, academics, and others working in the field of public policy, with views ranging across the political spectrum. We hope that such a broad range of views and people will stimulate heated debate and help to bring to light the complex and varied issues at stake in this important and topical subject. The forum will be chaired by Professor Albert Weale of UCL School of Public Policy.

We are pleased to announce that the speakers on this year’s panel will be

Jon Cruddas MP (Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham)
Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon (Birkbeck; Lib-Dem Councillor)
Dr David Green (Civitas)
Dr Stuart White (Oxford University)
Max Wind-Cowie (Demos)
Professor Jonathan Wolff (UCL)

The forum will take place on 22nd March at 6.30-8.30 pm in the Bentham Main Lecture Theatre, Bentham House (Faculty of Laws), and will be followed by a drinks reception in the School of Public Policy building, 29/30 Tavistock Square.

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