Shifting the Curve: A Scottish Approach to Developing Anti-Poverty Work

13th Jun 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Faculty of Health and Social Care

Shifting the Curve: A Scottish Approach to Developing Anti-Poverty Work – Naomi Eisenstadt CB

A third of people in the UK have experienced poverty in recent years according to data from the Office for National Statistics. In 2014, the Scottish Government determined that 940,000 people were living in poverty, with no sign of improvement. In response, people across Scotland were asked to take part in Fairer Scotland, a national discussion about how the country could be a fairer and more equal place to live.

Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, Naomi Eisenstadt CB, will detail the process of producing her recommendations for the First Minister of Scotland, which informed the Fairer Scotland Action Plan. Released in 2015, Fairer Scotland outlined 50 actions to help tackle poverty, reduce inequality and build a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. Naomi will discuss some of the difficulties in remaining impartial, maintaining independence and the tensions of working alongside civil servants and the results that emerged from her report.

Naomi spent much of her career within charities, before becoming the first Director of the Sure Start Unit. The Unit was responsible for the government’s commitment to free nursery education places, the national childcare strategy and responding to the needs of disadvantaged children. Naomi then spent three years as the Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force working across the government to address the needs of excluded groups. Naomi was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2002 and became a CB in 2005.

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