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‘Labour Party Health and Care Policy Review: a new agenda for whole person care’ – with Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health
In association with Unison

Thursday 11th April 2013
6 – 7.30pm, Manchester

For the first time in 20 years the Labour Party is undertaking a root and branch review of its health and care policies. In advance of the next general election, Rt. Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, wants to consult with healthcare staff, local government, health and social care organisations and the public about his ideas for 'whole person care' based on a integrated health and social care service. The Labour Party wants to hear you views on the future of health and social care: is there merit in the idea of integration in the way Labour wants (with one single budget and a greater focus on prevention) and how far down this path should we be going; how should we pay for social care (can we move to a system where everyone pays); and what are the main concerns and priorities for people in Manchester the North West? This event was an opportunity to hear first hand from the shadow health secretary and offer your opinion. The other speaker at the event was Paul Foley (Regional Head of Health, North West, Unison).

 

‘Social Hearted, Commercial Minded: Tommorrow’s Houing Associations’ – Report Launch and Debate
In association with Genesis

Wednesday 24th April 2013
9.30 – 11am, Central London

This event saw the launch of a major new report on the challenges facing housing associations, based on interviews with around 50 housing association chief executives and leading housing experts. The report questions: whether the sector can continue to provide homes for low income households as before, and, if so, at what cost; developing new markets and the growth of ‘generation rent’- where do housing associations fit in; where next for strategic relationships with local authorities; and what needs to change to enable the sector to prosper in an age of prolonged austerity?

The keynote speakers included Rt. Hon. Don Foster MP – TBC (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government), Jack Dromey MP (Shadow Housing Minister), Denise Chevin (Research Fellow, The Smith Institute and author of the report) and Neil Hadden (Chief Executive, Genesis). The debate included a Q&A session.

Click here to read the report.

 

‘How can Labour increase the wages of the low paid?’

Labour Policy Review, in association with the Smith Institute

Wednesday 13th February 2013
4.30 – 6.00pm, Central London

Speakers: Rachel Reeves MP (Shadow Chief Secretary), David Coats (Smith Institute), Nicola Smith (Head of Economic and Social Affairs TUC).
Chair: Paul Hackett (Director, Smith Institute)

The fast track to good growth is by boosting real incomes through higher wages. This event considered if the way forward through ‘predistribution’ and getting employers to pay more, rather than reliance on tax credits and welfare; and how can Labour help rebalance the power relationship at work to tackle in-work poverty.

 

'Public Services in the North: time for a new deal’ – Report Launch and Debates
In association with PwC

Tuesday 26th February 2013
10 – 11am, Central London
4.30 – 5.30pm, Leeds

‘Public Services in the North: Time for a New Deal’, the Smith Institute and PwC’s major new report on the future of public services in the North, follows on from the Smith Institute’s previous work on the implications of fiscal austerity on the North. This research shows how the three northern regions have been disproportionately affected by the spending cuts, an uncertain economic picture and a declining local tax take. In a period of growing demand and diminishing resources, the report offers a new insight into what is happening to public services in the North and calls for a new agenda for change.

The keynote speakers at the London launch included: Lord John Shipley (Vice-President, Local Government Association), Clive Betts MP (Chair, Communities and Local Government Committee), Michael Ward (Smith Institute Research Fellow and author of the report) and Roger Marsh (Senior Partner and Northern Leader for Government and Public Sector, PwC).

The keynote speakers at the Leeds launch included Chris Murray (Director, Core Cities Group), Martin Wainwright (Northern Editor, The Guardian), Michael Ward (Smith Institute Research Fellow and author of the report) and Roger Marsh (Senior Partner and Northern Leader for Government and Public Sector, PwC).

Click here to read the report.

 

‘Labour Party Health and Care Policy Review: a new agenda for whole person care’ – with Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health
In association with Unison

Thursday 28th February 2013
5.30 – 7.00pm, Leeds

For the first time in 20 years the Labour Party is undertaking a root and branch review of its health and care policies. In advance of the next general election, Rt. Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, is consulting with healthcare staff, local government, health and social care organisations and the public about his ideas for 'whole person care' based on a integrated health and social care service. The Labour Party wants to hear the public’s views on the future of health and social care: considering if there is merit in the idea of integration in the way Labour wants (with one single budget and a greater focus on prevention) and how far down this path should we be going; how should we pay for social care (can we move to a system where everyone pays); and what are the main concerns and priorities for people in Leeds and Yorkshire and the Humberside. The other speaker at the event was Pam Johnson (Head of Health, Yorkshire & Humberside, Unison).

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