Forthcoming events

The Westminster Social Policy Forum aims to provide the premier environment for policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall and government agencies to engage with key stakeholders in timely discussion on public social policy. These include representatives of local authorities and communities; interest groups and the voluntary sector; businesses and their advisors; and academics and commentators, along with members of the reporting press.

In planning its programme of events, the Forum regularly consults Parliamentarians, senior government officials, regulators, industry representatives, charities and action groups, professional bodies and academics, local government and others.

The Westminster Social Policy Forum is completely impartial and has no policy agenda of its own. Whilst we are grateful for the support and advice on themes that we receive from sponsors, all editorial decisions remain with the Forum in order to maintain impartiality.

Should you have any booking queries, please email

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Regional devolution and the Midlands Engine - investment, skills and infrastructure

Friday, 16th September 2016
Central Birmingham
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Tony Bray, Area Director, Business Innovation and Skills West Midlands, Cities and Local Growth Unit; Councillor Jon Collins, Leader, Nottingham City Council and Councillor Bob Sleigh, Chairman, Shadow Board, West Midlands Combined Authority and Leader, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

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Paul Richardson

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Sue Howard

Policy priorities for social care in England - funding, access and supporting the workforce

Tuesday, 25th October 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Paul Richardson, Head of Social Care Quality & Workforce, Department of Health and Sue Howard, Deputy Chief Inspector, Adult Social Care, CQC

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Henry Ashworth

Reducing alcohol-related harm - marketing, partnerships and next steps for policy

Thursday, 27th October 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Henry Ashworth, Chief Executive, Portman Group

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Peter Burkinshaw

Key issues in drug policy and treatment: quality and integration, funding and commissioning and new strategic approaches

Thursday, 10th November 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Peter Burkinshaw, Alcohol and Drug Treatment and Recovery Lead, Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Division, Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England and Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals and Lead on Mental Health, CQC

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Ruth Passman

Tackling health inequalities - devolution, integration and new models of care

Tuesday, 15th November 2016
Central London

Guest of Honour: Ruth Passman, Deputy Director for Equality and Health Inequalities, NHS England

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Tom Walker

Next steps for local economic growth - funding, infrastructure and the future of LEPs

Wednesday, 14th December 2016
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Tom Walker, Director, Cities & Local Growth Unit

In Production

Lots. The Westminster Social Policy Forum is planning a very full programme for the next 12 months.

But as we're the ones others tend to follow, please give us a ring or email to discuss future conferences.

We'd be happy to share ideas on areas to focus on, speaker suggestions, and other ways of getting involved.

Parliamentary Patrons of the Forum

The parliamentary patrons of the Westminster Social Policy Forum are: Lord Adebowale, Sir David Amess MP, Baroness Barker, Lord Best, David Burrowes MP, Douglas Carswell MP, Lord Colwyn, Baroness Coussins, Jack Dromey MP, Clive Efford MP, Nigel Evans MP, Baroness Gardner of Parkes, John Glen MP, Baroness Gould of Potternewton, Baroness Greengross, Lord Haskins, Kevin Hollinrake MP, Lord Hope of Craighead, Baroness Howe of Idlicote, Rt Hon the Baroness Hughes of Stretford, Diana Johnson MP, Barbara Keeley MP, Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Andrea Leadsom MP, Lord Lester of Herne Hill, Lord Lipsey, The Earl of Listowel, Caroline Lucas MP, Baroness Masham of Ilton, Baroness Massey of Darwen, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Professor the Lord Patel of Bradford, Mark Pawsey MP, Lord Rea, Lord Redesdale, Lord Shipley, Baroness Thornton and Rt Hon the Lord Whitty. Note: parliamentary patrons take no financial interest in the Forum.