The London Advice Conference – 10 February 2016

The eighth London Advice Conference took place on Wednesday 10 February 2016 and once again was kindly hosted by Clifford Chance at their Canary Wharf premises and supported by London Councils.

The Conference was opened by Tom Dunn, Pro Bono Director, Clifford Chance who welcomed delegates and emphasised the importance of the work done by the sector. He spoke about the pro bono work done by Clifford Chance and how essential it was for corporate legal firms to maintain their links with the voluntary and community advice sector. He hoped that Conference would be back again next year.

Over 100 delegates from AdviceUK member agencies, Law Centres, local Citizens Advice and other advice centres from across London were present to hear Keynote speeches from:

Gideon Skinner – Head of Political Research, Ipsos Mori

  • Gideon presented ‘The Mood in Britain’, the results of a survey of public attitudes and perceptions to a range of issues affecting people in Britain and London and how these have changed over time.

Karen Buck – MP, Westminster North

  • Karen spoke about the importance of advice in a fair society, the Commission set up under Lord Bach to look into public access to justice and urged advisers and agencies to contact their MP and local councillors regularly to let them know about the work they are doing and the problems they are dealing with.

Mubin Haq – Director of Policy and Grants, Trust for London

  • Mubin spoke about the latest poverty trends in London, how the language of poverty used by the sector does not resonate with members of the public and suggested alternative phraseology that may have a better chance of success.

Delegates attended the following six workshops

  • Advising foodbank users
  • Pregnancy and maternity discrimination in employment
  • Services to meet the needs of new refugees, migrants and asylum seekers
  • Welfare Benefits update
  • Youth Matters Matter
  • Future proofing your income

The presentations can be found here.

The new location for the conference on the ground floor at Clifford Chance enabled more networking opportunities than previously. The exhibitors’ stands which included AdvicePro, UK Advice Finder, Lasa, IT surgeries and Pay Plan all reported being busier than they had been in previous years.

Acknowledgements and thanks
We would like to thank Clifford Chance for once again hosting The London Advice Conference and London Councils for their support for making possible a great day for London’s advice sector.

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