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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Economic Justice for the North East

What does economic justice mean for the North East?

The UK economy is not working. It is no longer delivering rising standards for a majority of the population. Too many people are in insecure jobs; young people are set to be poorer than their parents; the nations and regions of the UK are diverging further.

The IPPR Commission on Economic Justice was established in 2016 in the wake of the vote to leave the EU to examine the challenges facing the UK economy and to make recommendations for reform. Its final report Prosperity and Justice: A Plan for the New Economy, published in September 2018, made the case for a radical overhaul of our economy.

Join IPPR for an event involving people from across the North East to have your say on how the economy works for you. Jamie Driscoll, newly elected Mayor of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, will be joined by community leaders and trade union representatives to respond to questions and thoughts on what economic justice means for the region and how it could be achieved.

This event is open to all and will take place on Wednesday 19th June, 5.30-8:00pm at The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AN. The event will open with refreshments at 5.30pm, with speeches beginning at 6.00pm. It will then finish with further refreshments between 7.30-8.00pm.

Confirmed speakers include:

Jamie Driscoll, Mayor, North of Tyne Combined Authority

Sara Bryson, Community Organiser, Tyne & Wear Citizens and Member of the Commission

Carol Botten, Chief Executive, Voluntary Organisations' Network North East (VONNE)

Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary, TUC Northern

Ammar Mirza CBE, Chairman and Founder, Asian Business Connexions

Sarah Longlands, Director, IPPR North

Carys Roberts, Chief Economist and Head of the Centre for Economic Justice, IPPR

Tom Kibasi, Director, IPPR and Founder of the Centre for Economic Justice

To register, please follow the link below.

Audience members will have the opportunity to pre-submit questions on key themes related to economic justice and sign up to speak about their experience of the economy during the event.

This event is part of a series, which has been generously supported by Friends Provident Charitable Foundation.