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Poverty czar Frank Field MP gives lecture on welfare reforms

‘Poverty czar’ and Labour politician, the Rt Hon Frank Field MP, will argue that austerity offers unprecedented opportunities to change the welfare system, at the Beveridge Lecture at Queen Mary, University of London on 27 March, 2013.

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It is 70 years since the publication of the Beveridge Report, an influential document in the founding of the welfare state in the UK.  This lecture is being held to mark its anniversary and to contribute to the current debate on future welfare reforms.

Simon Gaskell, Principal at Queen Mary, said: 'This is yet another example of Queen Mary providing a platform for the analysis and debate of issues that are high on the public policy agenda. We look forward to hearing Frank Field's views on this very topical issue and the debate that will follow.'

Frank Field MP, was formerly Director of the Child Poverty Action Group and held the position of Chair of Social Security Select Committee from 1990-1997.

The Beveridge Lecture: Welfare reforms in austere times, will be held in the Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End campus at 6.30pm. Tickets are free but you must book in advance.

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