Community campaigners have announced that the second Anti-Poverty Conference will be held in Craigroyston Community High School on 1 December. It’s hoped that the latest event will build on the achievements of last year’s conference, and will target the Scottish Parliament this time round.
North Edinburgh Fights Back’s Willie Black (pictured above) explained: “Last autumn over 140 community and anti-poverty campaigners met in Edinburgh to discuss and act in a unified way demanding action against poverty. One of the conference’s aims was to build an anti-poverty Charter and to this end the Charter was presented to the City of Edinburgh Council and was adopted by them. The second Anti-Poverty Conference will broaden our demands towards the Scottish Parliament. Those who live in poverty and are fighting back against this poverty need a voice more than ever.”
The conference is being run in conjunction with the Scottish Trade Union Congress, the Edinburgh TUC, North Edinburgh Fights Back and a host of other anti-poverty campaigners across Scotland. Among the keynote speakers invited to address the conference are Owen Jones, the Poverty Alliance, Child Poverty Action Group, North Edinburgh Women’s International Group, the Fuel Poverty Action Group and leading Trade unionists.
Speakers will be followed by workshops and a Question Time session. Details have still to be confirmed, so keep an eye on the NEN blog for updated information – a draft programme is attached, but this is for guidance only and is subject to change: