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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Debating the new politics of disadvantage with Kate Green, shadow minister for equalities

Iain Duncan Smith's announcement of a consultation into the definition and measurement of child poverty and David Cameron's speech this week on welfare reform have placed the politics of disadvantage back at the centre of the national debate.

The announcements raise profound questions about how we understand poverty and social exclusion and the role of politics in determining this. The government's plan to tackle poverty 'at source' raises questions about how effective the UK's approach to supporting those affected by disadvantages including homelessness, substance misuse and mental illness has proven to be.

11 July 2012, (18:00 for) 18:30-20:00 (drinks reception will follow)
Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, London, SE1 9NH

In this changing context, LankellyChase Foundation has commissioned IPPR to carry out a study to review the last 15 years of policymaking to support the most disadvantaged in society, including the previous government's social exclusion agenda. Through interviews with service users, leading politicians, policymakers, academics and civil society, it provides insights into how politics and policymaking have shaped the lives of the most disadvantaged and what is needed to build stronger and smarter politics on this issue for the future.

  • How far have the last fifteen years of policy making in this area taken us?
  • What are the forces that are shaping the current political debate on social justice and what does this mean for the most disadvantaged in our society?
  • How can we build a stronger and more stable political agenda for the most disadvantaged?

The event will provide an opportunity to hear key findings from the research from IPPR director Nick Pearce alongside a panel of high-profile speakers including:

  • David Burrowes MP
  • Kate Green MP
  • David Hall Matthews
  • Randeep Ramesh

Places are limited. Please RSVP to

This event is run in partnership with:

Langley Chase