New event: Understanding welfare differently

Understanding welfare differently

Professor Paul Spicker

Friday 21st September, 9:00 – 12:00

Newcastle University Business School, 5 Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4SE

 The cost of ‘out of work’ benefits is out of control, the benefits system in this country ‘traps’ people in poverty and welfare dependency is, for many people, a ‘lifestyle choice‘.

Or so many politicians would have us believe.

At this event, Professor Paul Spicker  (Grampian Chair of Public Policy at the Robert Gordon University and the Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Management) will provide an alternative perspective of our welfare system, exploring how it is understood and, very often, misunderstood. The event will also look at the purpose of welfare and the current policy direction in relation to the welfare reforms that are being implemented.

If you would like to book a place at this event, pleas register at

This event is being co-hosted by the North East Child Poverty Commission and Newcastle University Business School. We expect interest to be high for this event and places are limited. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Stephen Crossley on (0191) 334 9107 or e-mail at

You can also see Paul’s excellent Social Policy blog here


One response to “New event: Understanding welfare differently

  • CRAIG G.

    sorry I can’t make this, I shallk be away from the area. But Paul is worth hearing: give him a kiss from me!!!!

    Please reply to the email address from which this message comes.

    Gary Craig BSc DipEd Dip CW PhD AcSS FRSA Professor of Community Development and Social Justice School of Applied Social Sciences Durham University Elvet Riverside II New Elvet Durham DH1 3JT 44 00 (0)191 334 2232

    Latest reports: Community capacity building (2010) eds. with A Noya & E. Clarence, OECD. Mapping rapidly changing ethnic minority populations (2010) with others, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Marginalised and excluded: York’s Traveller Community (2010) with Marie Neale and Mick Wilkinson, York Travellers Trust Forced labour and the Gangmaster’s Licensing Authority (2010) with Mick Wilkinson and Aline Gaus, Hull: WISE Child Slavery Now Gary Craig (ed) (2010) Policy Press. ‘Capacity building in other policy contexts’ (2010) in S. Kenny and M Clarke (eds.), Challenging capacity buuilding, Palgrave. The community development reader, (2011) Eds. with M.Mayo, K. Popple, M. Shaw and M. Taylor, Policy Press. ‘Forward to the past, can the UK Black and ethnic minority third sector survive?’, (2011) Gary Craig, Voluntary Sector Review, Vol. 2, No.2 Understanding ‘race’ and ethnicity, (2012) (ed. with others), Policy Press. The experience of forced labour (2012) (with others), Joseph Rowntree Foundation. ________________________________

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