The Trades Union Congress is to a host a major seminar on developing a positive agenda for disability and employment in face of government reforms and cuts.
The event will be held at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS, on Monday 23 January 2012.
A TUC spokesperson explained: "Disability benefits are in the headlines - cutting benefits for disabled children, making people undergoing chemotherapy prove they aren't 'fit for work', time-limiting benefits for hundreds of thousands of disabled people. Disabled people are getting angry, but the government has yet to take notice."
The seminar will be an opportunity to examine the government's plans in detail, and to look at the growing reaction against them.
The seminar will be chaired by Nicola Smith, Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the TUC. Speakers include:
- Professor Paul Gregg, author of Realising Potential, the 2008 report on conditionality and support in the benefits system.
- Benefit expert (and adviser to the last government) Declan Gaffney.
- Leading blog commentators Sue Marsh ('Diary of a Benefit Scrounger') and Kaliya Franklin ('Bendy Girl').
- TUC economist Richard Exell, former member of the Disability Rights Commission.
The seminar is free, but seats will be reserved on a first-come - first-served basis, says the TUC. Go to: http://disbilityandemployment.eventbrite.co.uk
* Ekklesia's own report 'Betraying disabled people and welfare', by Karen McAndrew (May 2011) can be read here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/14675