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Scotland’s Welfare Rights Conference – have you booked your place?

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It’s just three weeks to go until Scotland’s Welfare Rights Conference on Friday 9 June in Glasgow – the first since 2019!

We will welcome Keynote Speaker for the day, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP.

CPAG in Scotland are looking forward to welcoming our delegates and speakers to what will be our first in-person event since 2019. The challenges facing low-income families, and the welfare rights and frontline workers who advise and support them, are greater than ever. The ongoing cost of living crisis, universal credit migration, the issues EU nationals face following Brexit and planned changes to work capability assessments with implications for Scotland’s new disability payments are all adding to the challenge of ensuring people get the social security support they are entitled to.

Our event provides a unique opportunity to learn all about these latest developments, giving you the tools to maximise the incomes of the people you work with. It will also give you a chance to join discussion with political leaders, social security experts and policy thinkers to discuss what’s needed next from our social security systems if we are serious about ending child poverty in Scotland.

At the afternoon plenary session we will be discussing Ending child poverty: what's needed next from our social security systems? On the panel to explore this topic will be;

  • Alison Garnham, CEO of CPAG
  • Russell Gunson, Co-chair of the Minimum Income Guarantee Steering Group and Head of Programmes and Practice at The Robertson Trust
  • Dr Ruth Patrick who is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at University of York
  • Morag Treanor, Professor of Child and Family Inequalities at University of Glasgow

Along with our speakers and a choice of workshops to attend in the morning and afternoon, we will also be hosting an exhibition area at the conference. If you would like to book an exhibition stand, please email for further information and a booking form.

The £225 (£202.50 for CPAG members) price includes a choice of six expert workshops, teas, coffees, buffet lunch and some conference materials.