Seminar on the ‘Implications of the Welfare Reform and Work Act’

If you’re in the North East and at a loose end on the afternoon of Friday 10th June, the information below, about a seminar on the Welfare Reform and Work Act, might be of interest to you….

A flyer for the even can be found here

Implications of the Welfare Reform and Work Act for low income children and families in the North East

A joint seminar organised by the Institute for Local Governance (ILG) and North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC)

10th June 2016,


Lindisfarne Centre,

Durham University

The government’s Welfare Reform and Work Act achieved Royal Assent in March 2016 and has now passed into law. It holds significant implications for how child poverty is defined, measured and addressed in the UK. The Act marks a policy movement away from income-based measures of poverty and the removal of statutory obligations on local authorities to reduce child poverty. Instead, it emphasises tackling worklessness, improving educational attainment and supporting ‘Troubled’ families as the most effective ways to increase the life chances of children living in poverty.

This seminar will explore the potential implications of the Act for the life chances of children living in low income families in the North East, focusing on three key aspects of the Act: the changing definition and measurement of child poverty; extension of the Troubled Families programme (and its effectiveness); and the impact of welfare reform on low income families.

Draft programme

Registration from 12.45pm 1-1.10pm

Chair’s welcome (Phillip Edwards, Institute for Local Governance)

1.10-1.30pm Introduction to the Welfare Reform and Work Act (Dr Deborah Harrison, NECPC)

1.30-2pm Changing definitions and measurement of child poverty (Bishop Paul Butler)

2-2.30pm The ‘Troubled Families’ programme (Stephen Crossley, Durham University)

2.30-2.45pm Coffee break

2.45-3.15pm Welfare reform, foodbank use and low income families in Stockton-on-Tees (Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Durham University)

3.15-3.40pm Panel discussion

3.40-3.45pm Closing remarks(Phillip Edwards)

This seminar is intended to be of interest to a wide audience including researchers and academics, Local Authorities and other public sector agencies, housing providers, third sector organisations, schools and children’s services. This event is free but places are limited and tend to book up quickly.

To register, please email If you would like to find out more about the North East Child Poverty Commission, you can visit our website: or contact the Coordinator .