Event: Poverty Participation and Power: Democracy Matters!

Date
26 Oct 2018, 09:30–14:00
Venue
Trades Hall, 88 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1
Rates

Free

Book now

The ability to take part in decision-making processes that have an impact on your life is central to a democratic society. However, for too many people living on low incomes or in communities affected by poverty, they have little opportunity to affect the decisions that impact on their lives.

The Scottish Government is carrying out a wide ranging into how communities could be given more control over the decisions that affect them. This years Poverty Alliance conference will be an opportunity to contribute to that discussion, and will look at a range of experiences where communities have sought to take more control over the decisions that affect them. We are delighted that Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, will give the key note speech. We will then hear from a range of community organisations, activists and campaigners to discuss how we can stengthen and improve decision making so that we can use new powers to address poverty.

Agenda

10:00 Setting the Scene

Fiona Garven, Director, Scottish Community Development Centre

10:10 Democracy Matters and Tackling Poverty

Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government

10.30: Q&A

10:45 Local Democracy in Action: What Works for Us

Fatima Uygun, Govanhill Baths

Jimmy Wilson, FARE

11.30 Coffee

11.45 Local Democracy: What matters to you

An interactive session to gather views on what local democracy looks like to you….

12.30 Closing Panel: Ideas Into Action

Willie Sullivan, Director for Scotland, Electoral Reform Society

Pam Duncan-Glancy, equalities and human rights activist

Phenoa Matovu, Director, Radiant and Brighter

13:15 Lunch

13:45 Poverty Alliance AGM

14:15 Close