I have come across this Welfare Reform Disability Event, which is looking at the impact of these changes in Devon. Anne Marie-Morris, MP for Newton Abbot amongst other national experts will be looking at the recent welfare reforms and their impact on people with Disabilities. You can Book by following this link if you are available between 12:00 and 3:00 PM on Friday the 17th July at Newton Abbot Racecourse.
Some reading this Post may not have realised that Anne Marie-Morris is no stranger to the welfare to work sector. She worked on the Department of Work & Pensions Select Committee including Access to Work.
So What Happened?
I attended the above Event and heard some interesting speakers. I was expecting to hear the usual negative framing of speeches as I have experienced at similar Events, but no, in fact the overriding emphasis was on promoting potential and independence.
For the record speakers included:
- Laura Wetherly from the MS Society
- Beth Grossman SCOPE
- Sue Rook, Devon County Council
- Sally Crozier from Teiginbridge CAB and Beth Jaynes
Research into the ‘real’ impact of welfare reforms in Devon. You can view the full research report at “Proving the Value of Advice in Devon”
The highlight of my afternoon was being able to personally thank Anne-Marie Morris, Rt Hon MP’s Parliamentary Assistant “Oz” for his help with an Access to Work Review.