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Tackling poverty through work: national, regional and local employment strategies for poverty reduction

Tackling poverty through work: national, regional and local employment strategies for poverty reduction

Thursday, 03 July 2014
10:15 - 14:15
The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW

Speakers

•Ruth Adams- Director, Sheffield Local Enterprise Partnership
•Richard Crisp – Senior Research Fellow, CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University
•Steve Fothergill- Director, Industrial Communities Alliance
•Councillor Sue Murphy - Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council
•Kathryn Ray- Senior Researcher- The Work Foundation
•Paul Sissons – Senior Research Fellow, SURGE, Coventry University
•Jonny Wright- Cities Policy Unit, Cabinet Office

The  event launched two reports commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which reviewed evidence on policies promoting employment and their impact on poverty:

Employment pay and poverty: evidence and policy review by Kathryn Ray, Paul Sissons, Katy Jones and Sandra Vegeris (Work Foundation, Coventry University, Policy Studies Institute)

Regeneration and poverty: policy and practice review by Richard Crisp, Tony Gore, Sarah Pearson and Peter Tyler (Sheffield Hallam University, University of Cambridge)

Context

Promoting employment is at the forefront of government approaches to tackling poverty in the UK.  National policy levers to encourage paid work include active labour market programmes, tax credits and the national minimum wage. Recently, there has been increasing emphasis on more local approaches to fostering economic growth. The Government has devolved funding and powers to local areas through initiatives such as Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), City Deals and the Single Local Growth Fund.  However, tackling poverty is not always a key objective of this 'local growth' agenda. This is significant as research shows that economic growth at the local level does not necessarily reduce poverty.

Speakers discussed the success of past employment policies in tackling poverty. They also reflected on what needed  to be done to make poverty concerns central to local economic growth agendas. This was then followed by a panel discussion with experts from the policy, practice and academic communities.

For more information on this event, please contact Kathryn Ray at The Work Foundation  rayk@exchange.lancs.ac.uk.

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