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Labour Party Conference 2014: What Britain Needs

The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is holding several fringe events at this year's Labour Party Conference in Manchester.

Low wages, along with soaring energy bills, rip-off rents and escalating childcare costs, have led to an unprecedented cost of living crisis for millions in Britain today. Real wages have fallen so far that - for the first time - the majority of those living in poverty are in work, while record numbers of people have been forced to turn to foodbanks as a result of the Government’s punitive and catastrophic welfare reforms.

With the General Election just months away the debate around fairness and equality in Britain, from energy bills, childcare costs and housing; to pay, taxation and public services, is more relevant than ever.

In What Britain Needs, speakers will discuss how we can tackle this cost of living crisis and achieve fairness and equality in key areas of people’s lives – work, home and family. The event is a precursor to our national Conference of the same name (Sat 1 November).

Speakers include

Chair: Tim Roache - Yorkshire and North Derbyshire GMB Regional Secretary, Chair of Yorkshire and the Humber Regional TUC and President of Class

Mark Ferguson - Editor of LabourList
Lisa Nandy MP - Shadow Minister for Civil Society
Cllr James Murray - Executive member for Housing, Islington Council
Ellen Broome - Director of Policy, Family & Childcare Trust
Stephanie PeacockPPC for Halesowen & Rowley Regis