Welfare to Where?

Welfare to Where?

The voluntary sector and welfare reform

Thursday 28 June 2012 (10.00-4.00)
Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

Involve Yorkshire and Humber's 2012 policy conference is about what's happening to welfare. Are the Government's reforms and the changes to public finances going to help people get back to work and free up the business sector or are they hitting the most vulnerable? Are the changes a necessary re-shaping of the Welfare State or making us a less compassionate society?

Voluntary and community organisations and the public sector work with disadvantaged communities all over Yorkshire and Humber so the changes to welfare and the cuts have a direct impact on the sector and who it works with. 

This conference will give you robust information, help you to find out about different opinions and food for thought.

This conference will give you:

  • the facts about welfare changes and cuts and what the facts mean

  • thought provoking input about what sort of society we want

  • access to people with experience of on-the-ground action, working with MPs and the media

  • 10 Top Tips sessions about how to make a difference now, build alliances and practical action


  • Teresa Perchard (Director of Policy and Advocacy, Citizens Advice - the national body supporting Citizens Advice bureaux across England). Teresa will give an expert overview of all the recent reforms including welfare, public sector funding cuts and changes to employment support, plus analysis of the impacts.

  • Bishop John Packer (Bishop of Ripon and Leeds). Bishop Packer, a leading opponent of aspects of the welfare reform, explains how welfare reforms threaten a compassionate society. 

  • Other speakers to be announced


  • Involve Yorkshire & Humber member - £69.00

  • Other voluntary and community organisation - £99.00

  • Statutory/consultant/business - £129.00

Special offer: join Involve Yorkshire & Humber when you book and get both for just £109 (new VCS members only)

Book now

Please complete and return this booking form by Tuesday 19 June 2012. Places limited.


Priory Street Centre is an accessible venue in York.

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