Tackling Worklessness through Local Partnerships
08 Dec 2009
Held at the Bloomsbury Hotel, London

This conference brought together local authorities and key partners to share strategy and best practice in driving forward the Government’s worklessness agenda at the local level.

Programme
10:00
Michael Burton, Editor, The MJ
Welcome and introduction by Conference Chair

10:05
Hamish Robertson, Head of Special Projects, Careers Development Group
Welcome from our headline sponsor

10:10
Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of State for Communities and Local Government
Keynote Address

10:30
Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of State for Communities and Local Government
Question and answer

10:40
Cllr Stephen Houghton, Leader, Barnsley MBC
Delivering results from the Future Jobs Fund in Barnsley

11:00
Sir David Freud, Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform
Keynote address

11:15
Sir David Freud Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform
Question and answer

11:20
Nesh Naiker, Employment Services Manager, Careers Development Group
The role of the third sector in delivering welfare to work

11:25
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:35
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:05
David Coyne, Executive Director, Glasgow Works
Case study: Tackling worklessness at the sub-regional level through the City Strategy Pathfinder programme

12:25
Richard Packham, Chief Executive, Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Case study: Update on the Working Neighbourhoods Fund in Great Yarmouth

12:45
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:00
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Panel discussion: Funding worklessness programmes
Paul Raynes, Programme Director, Local Government Association Dave Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive, Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion Vic Rayner, Chief Executive, Sitra

14:40
Panel discussion: Contracting worklessness programmes
Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive, East of England Development Agency Professor Alan Harding, Director, Institute for Political and Economic Governance Richard Clifton, Director of Contracts (Surrey and Sussex), Careers Development Group

15:30
Seminars: Session 4