Challenging Poverty in Challenging Times
Yesterday’s Poverty Conference was a great curtain raiser for the campaign to defend the poorest families from cuts in benefits and services. We had over 100 people staying on right to the end of the conference and a really well-informed debate. There were great contributions from Kate Green MP, Jonathan Portes (Cabinet Office), Mo Roberts (ATD) and Mark Serwotka (PCS), but for me the highlight was the speech by TUC Deputy General Secretary Frances O’Grady.
Frances linked the threats to jobs to the services that are going to be lost and the benefits that are being cut. As she said,
As trade unionists and as campaigners, it’s our responsibility to ensure that the voice of the poor and the vulnerable is also heard.
There’s a transcript of her speech on the TUC website, it’s well worth reading.