Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Employment Minister; Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Employment Minister; Professor Dan Finn, Professor of Social Inclusion, University of Portsmouth; Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA; Mike Brewer, Direct Tax and Welfare Programme Director, IFS; Deven Ghelani, Senior Researcher, Centre for Social Justice; Ralph Michell, Head of Policy, ACEVO; Alex Barker, Political Correspondent, Financial Times; Donald Hirsch, Head of Income Studies, Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University; Polly Toynbee, Columnist, The Guardian
Chair: Ian Mulheirn, Director, SMF
The Coalition is putting in place a reform agenda that will radically overhaul employment service provision as well as fundamentally reshaping the benefits system. The Work Programme, set to launch later this year, will be the most ambitious welfare to work scheme ever attempted in the UK. Meanwhile Universal Credit, penciled in for implementation in 2013, will aim to improve incentives to work, and in doing so shift hundreds of thousands of families into employment.
At this pivotal stage in the development of these two flagship policies, this half-day conference sets out to explore what the employment landscape will look like in 2013 once both are up and running.
Keynote speech by Employment Minister Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP followed by Q&A.
Panel discussion: Will the Work Programme succeed where its predecessors have failed in helping the hardest to reach?
Panel discussion: How different will Universal Credit look?
Welfare that works?