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Monday, 4 July 2016

Boycott Workfare Welfare Action Gathering Manchester, Sat 9 July 2016: the programme

Further Details at http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=6628

Saturday 9 July, 11am to 5pm at the Mechanics Institute, Manchester M1 6DD

Welfare Action Gathering, Saturday 9th July: Workshop Programme
The aim is for the workshops to be more or less participant led, but with facilitators to support and help focus discussions. They also aim to be not just reactive, but also look ahead to changes that will be happening in the not so distant future.
10:30 onwards
Refreshments Available – John Tocher Room
11:00 – 11:30
Greetings and meetings. Hopefully a non-cringy getting to know / catching-up with each other, welcome session. Charlotte and Liam.
11:30 – 12:45
John Tocher Room
Mary Quaile Room
Universal Credit: How will the landscape of welfare change under Universal Credit? What will it mean for claimants and welfare activists? What are the opportunities for fighting back? Where should this fight-back focus its energies?
Strategies in Welfare Activism: Which strategies have been successful and effective? What makes them useful? Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network (SUWN)
12:45 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:30
Fighting the misuse of psychology in workfare and welfare: A workshop with Mental Health Resistance Network.
One Death is One Death Too Many: Campaigning to stop deaths caused by sanctions. Maggie and Gill.
14:30 – 15:30
The future of workfare and welfare in England: Youth Obligation and mandatory workfare; Universal Credit's workfare conditions; New powers for local/regional workfare'; 10 pilot work and health programme schemes. Frank.
Create your own discussion group. Is there something that was missing today that you wanted to explore? Is there something that you want to talk more about?
15:30 – 15:45
Tea Break
15:45 – 16:30
Consolidation: Bringing it back together to share, reflect, and hopefully make some sense of it all. John Tocher Room.
16:30 onwards
To the pub...

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