Programme for Hardest Hit North-East Conference – 1 June 2012

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09.00 – 09.30    Registration and refreshments

session chaired by Tim Bush from Unite

09.30 – 09.40    Welcome – Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader Newcastle City Council

09.40 – 10.10    Welfare Reform and Personal Independence Payments – Steve Winyard, RNIB and Hardest Hit Coalition

10.10 – 10.30    Education reform and disability – Joel Hamilton, young disabled activist and Mr Stonehouse

10.30 – 11.00    Keynote speaker – Anne McGuire MP, Shadow Minister for Disabled People

11.00 – 11.20    Break – refreshments available in workshop rooms

11.20 – 12.20    Workshop Session 1 – see Workshop Programme for details

12.20 – 13.00    Lunch – served in the Banqueting Hall

session chaired by Clare Williams from UNISON

13.00 – 13.30    Disability Hate Crime and Police funding cuts – Ian Mearns MP and ARCH

13.30 – 14.30    Workshop Session 2 – see Workshop Programme for details

14.30 – 14.50    Break – refreshments will be available in workshop rooms

14.50 – 15.50    Workshop Session 3 – see Workshop Programme for details

session chaired by Sally Young from NCVS

15.50 – 16.10    Implications of wider government policy – Angela Hamilton, UNISON

16.10 – 16.25    Question and answer panel session

16.25 – 16.30    Next steps and close – Henri Murison, RNIB


Workshop Session Program

  • Access to Health Services and protection of specialist posts
  • Remploy – focus on North Tyneside
  • Remploy – focus Ashington
  • Local cuts and their impact on disabled people
  • Equality act and disability
  • Mental Health and the cuts
  • Social Care Reform
  • Welfare Reform Including film from Shoot Your Mouth Off

One thought on “Programme for Hardest Hit North-East Conference – 1 June 2012

  1. I would like to have attended this – but it starts before my concessionary bus pass [ which I have BECAUSE I AM DISABLED!!] operates (9.30am)
    A CONFERENCE ABOUT DISABILITY MUST BE ACCESSIBLE TO DISABLED PEOPLE!!!!

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