Scotland Welfare Rights Conference

Annual Conference: Welfare Rights 2017

Friday 19 May 2017, 10am - 4pm

University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre (Main Entrance), 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1 RD

2017 will see new child poverty and social security bills coming before the Scottish Parliament – which will have huge significance for all those advising and supporting families.

At the same time the roll out of universal credit and the introduction of a ‘two child limit’ for key benefits are among UK Government reforms and cuts that are radically changing the nature of social security.

CPAG in Scotland’s Welfare Rights 2017 conference will give delegates an opportunity to hear from political leaders, welfare rights experts and academics about the latest developments and the implications for their work.


Arrival, registration, coffee and exhibition stand viewing

10.00 Setting the scene

  • John Dickie, Director of CPAG in Scotland

Keynote speakers

  • Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security, Scottish Government (invited)

11.00 Coffee

11.15 Workshops – morning session

12.30 Lunch and exhibition stand viewing

1.30 Workshops – afternoon session (repeat of morning sessions)

2.45 Coffee

3.00 Plenary session: The role of social security in tackling child poverty

  • Professor Peter Bradshaw, University of York

Further panellists to be confirmed

Chaired by broadcaster and journalist Keith Aitken.

4.00 Final remarks and close


Workshops will be posted on Wednesday 25 January.


Our 2017 conference will be held at a new venue: University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre (Main Entrance), 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1 RD (see map). There are good public transport links and the venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Exhibition stand opportunities

We will have an exhibition space hosting exhibitors showcasing their work, products and services. If you are interested in exhibiting please find further information here or email Anna Carr at: with any enquiries.

Booking a place and further information

The delegate fee is £170 (£161.50 for CPAG members). Bookings will open on 25 January.

'Great friendly atmosphere'
'Very dynamic, current, up-to-date information'
'Fantastic day, essential for welfare rights workers'
'Great for networking'