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Building support for a fairer social security system

Author: Trust for London

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The cost-of-living crisis is highlighting failures with the current social security system, but what would a better system look like?

The Commission on Social Security is made up of a diverse group of Experts by Experience who have been working to answer this question. Together they have come up with ‘The Plan for a decent social security system’, which will be formally launched at an event on 10 October, from 1.45-4.30pm.

A small number of in-person places are available for campaign groups – email michael.orton@warwick.ac.uk for more information.

The event will also be livestreamed on the Commission’s YouTube channel, and you can join in the conversation in the comments and on Twitter.

The event will include:

  • Experts by Experience highlighting problems with current benefits
  • Commission members presenting key proposals from The Plan for a decent social security system
  • A range of guest speakers offering reflections on The Plan and the theme of Building Support
  • An interactive element for comments, queries and ideas
  • Open discussion about how to build support for a new approach to social security - including a Guaranteed Decent Income, increased Child Benefit and a replacement for PIP

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anela Anwar - Chief Executive of Z2K
  • Andy Mitchell - Unite Community
  • Austin Taylor-Laybourn - Trust for London
  • Bill Scott - Senior Policy Adviser at Inclusion Scotland and Chair of the Poverty & Inequality Commission for Scotland
  • Dr Kate Summers - London School of Economics
  • Nicky Hawkins - Director of Communications at On Road Media