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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Resilience and Relationships: Modern families in Britain

IPPR and the Centre for the Modern Family are bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners to discuss the big issues facing modern families in Britain today.

Tuesday 11 December, 9.00 - 14.00
The Royal Academy of Engineering, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DG

This half day symposium will showcase and debate the latest research, policy analysis and big ideas for improving family life in the context of the major demographic, social and economic pressures we face as a country. Sessions will address issues ranging from family-friendly working, the squeeze in family living standards, the pressures of care as well as the big cultural forces affecting family life such as sexualisation, commercialisation and community life.

Drawing on IPPR's research programme on children and families, Scottish Widow's Centre for the Modern Family and the insights from between 40 and 50 experts from academia, policy, public services, charities and businesses, we hope this will be a valuable forum for discussion about the solutions and strategies which could better support modern families. Held shortly after the Autumn Statement, it will come at a good moment to look ahead to the second half of the Parliament.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Liz Kendall MP, shadow minister for care and older people
  • Fiona Canon OBE, diversity and inclusion director, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Baroness Tyler of Enfield, chair of Cafcass and president of the National Children's Bureau
  • Nick Pearce, director of IPPR and former head of Number 10 Policy Unit
  • Zoe Williams, author and journalist
  • Professor Susan Himmelweit, Open University
  • Lisa Harker, head of Strategy Unit, NSPCC and former government adviser on child poverty
  • Vidhya Alakeson, director of research and strategy, Resolution Foundation
  • Michelle Quest, partner and UK head of people, KPMG
  • Kate Groucutt, deputy chief executive, Daycare Trust
  • Suzan Lewis, Middlesex University
  • Reg Bailey, chief Executive, Mothers' Union
  • James Purnell, chair, IPPR

The event will be followed by a buffet lunch from 13.00 - 14.00.

To RSVP please email Imogen Parker or call 020 7470 6124