Shifting the Curve: a Scottish approach to
developing anti-poverty work
Naomi Eisenstadt CB
In 2015 the Scottish Government embarked on a consultation process with people in Scotland called a Fairer Scotland. Not unlike the fairness commissions run by several local authorities, A Fairer Scotland worked to develop consensus on what aspects of unfairness were of most concern to people living in poverty. At the same time Naomi was appointed Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality to the Scottish Government.
This talk will describe the process of producing Naomi’s recommendations for the First Minister in Scotland. It will then describe some of the recommendations, and the current position of the Scottish Government on implementation of her report and those that emerged from Fairer Scotland work. Naomi will also talk about some of the tensions in working alongside civil servants and maintaining independence and providing independent advice. This event will take place at Edge Hill University’s Ormskirk Campus.
Date: Tuesday 13th June 2017
5.30pm Registration and Refreshments
7.00pm Reception and Networking
NAOMI EISENSTADT CB
After a long career in charities, Naomi became the first Director of the Sure Start Unit in 1999. The Unit was responsible for the government’s commitment to free nursery education places, the national childcare strategy, and programmes aiming to reduce the gap in outcomes between children living in disadvantaged areas and the wider child population. After Sure Start, Naomi spent 3 years as the Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force working across government to address the needs of excluded groups.
Since retiring from the Civil Service, Naomi has chaired the Camden Equalities Commission, the Milton Keynes Child Poverty Commission, published a book and several articles relevant to child development and child poverty. She is a trustee of four charities and is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Department of Education. Most recently, Naomi has served as Independent Adviser on Poverty to the Scottish Government. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2002 and became a CB in 2005.
Festival of Ideas 2017
Hosted by Edge Hill University’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) this date is part of a wider programme of events taking place at the University throughout the month of June 2017 as part of the Festival of Ideas. The Festival explores themes of Identity and Belonging in a stimulating programme of debates, talks, films, exhibitions, round-tables and performances. Read more about the Festival of Ideas.