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Whither welfare-to-work? IES annual public employment policy conference 2009
event type : Conference
an IES public employment policy event
12 November 2009, 10.00am – 4.00pm (incl. lunch)
Panel discussion with Nick Timmins, David Freud,
From 2008, receipt of out-of-work benefits was made conditional on completion of work-directed activities for virtually all claimants. However, circumstances have changed and the unemployment registers are now replete with people able and willing to work; people without inherent barriers to work and for whom the unavailability of jobs is the main problem. Our conference speakers presented and discussed:
These eminent national and international experts discussed the future of welfare-to-work policies, followed by a keynote address from David Freud that gave an opportunity to hear some of the thinking that would drive a Conservative welfare-to-work agenda. See below for their presentations.
The conference was chaired by Nicholas Timmins of the Financial Times.
In February 2009, David Freud was nominated to be Front Bench spokesman for the Conservatives in the Lords on Welfare Reform. At the same time he joined the Economic Recovery Council advising the Conservative leader, David Cameron.
Between January 2008 and February 2009 he acted as adviser on welfare reform to the UK Government. This followed publication of his independent report in March 2007: Reducing Dependency, Increasing Opportunity, on the Welfare to Work system.
He was the CEO of The Portland Trust in 2005-2008 and remains a trustee and director of the not-for-profit foundation, whose mission is to encourage peace and stability between Israelis and Palestinians through economic means.
He was Vice Chairman of Investment Banking for UBS and Global Head of Transport/Leisure/Business Services, retiring in 2003. His book Freud in the City was published in May 2006 as an insider’s account of what really happened in the City of London through the financial revolution of the late twentieth century.
Prior to his banking career, David was a journalist at the Financial Times for eight years, four of which were spent writing the Lex column.
Dan Finn is Professor of Social Inclusion and was previously co-Director of the Unemployment Unit. He is an Associate Director at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and has been a special adviser for the Work and Pensions Select Committee and other bodies.
His research interests include the reform of public employment services, activation and the implementation of welfare to work strategies. He has a particular interest in the role of private and third sector providers in delivering employment services and has completed recent studies of ‘welfare markets’ in the UK, USA, the Netherlands and Australia.
Paul Gregg is a Professor in Dept of Economics, University of Bristol. He recently completed a review of Personalised Support and Conditionality in the Welfare System for the UK Department for Work and Pensions. He is also a member of the London Child Poverty Commission and a programme director at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation.
He was formally a member of the Council of Economic Advisors at HM Treasury 1997-2006, where he worked on welfare reform and child poverty. His research has covered workless households, child poverty, intergenerational mobility and the drivers of social disadvantage.
David Grubb is a senior economist in the Employment Analysis and Policies Division at the OECD, which he joined following an early career at the UK Treasury and the Centre for Labour Economics of the London School of Economics. He contributed chapters to the OECD Jobs Study and to many issues of the OECD Employment Outlook, and managed several large-scale reviews of national employment services.
Continuing and recent areas of work include:
Nicholas Timmins is Public Policy Editor of the Financial Times, author of The Five Giants: A Biography of the Welfare State, visiting professor in public management at King’s College, London and president of the Social Policy Association.
Programme: (titles link to presentations)
Who should attend?
This conference is aimed at all those with a strategic interest in the future of welfare-to-work policies:
Venue : West One
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