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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Dr Martin Vernon

Policy priorities for social care in England - funding, integration and developing the workforce

Tuesday, 25th October 2016
The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Sally Warren, Deputy Chief Inspector, Adult Social Care, CQC and Dr Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person Centred Care, NHS England and Consultant Geriatrician, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Henry Ashworth

What now for alcohol policy?

Thursday, 27th October 2016
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR
This event is CPD certified

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

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Peter Burkinshaw

Implementing a revised drug strategy - key issues for recovery, substance misuse and integrating services

Thursday, 10th November 2016
The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR
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
Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET

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

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Sarah Atkinson

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Ben Harrison

Next steps for charities - fundraising, governance and social investment

Wednesday, 8th February 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guests of Honour: Lord Grade of Yarmouth, Chair, Fundraising Regulator ; Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications, The Charity Commission and Ben Harrison, Senior Policy Adviser, Office for Civil Society, Cabinet Office

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Funding for regional projects beyond the European Union referendum - partnerships, devolution and the transition of EU Structural and Investment Funds

Thursday, 9th February 2017
Central London
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Iain Derrick, European Regional Development Fund Manager, European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 Policy Team, Department for Communities and Local Government

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Next steps for regional development and the future of the Northern Powerhouse

Friday, 21st April 2017
Central Manchester
This event is CPD certified

Guest of Honour: Councillor Sean Anstee, Leader, Trafford Council

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, Baroness Burt of Solihull, 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, Rt Hon 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.