A team effort: the role of employers in closing the protection gap
Starts at: June 17, 2013 09:00
Ends at: June 17, 2013 13:00
Major policy conference with Mark Hoban MP to discuss the role of employers in improving welfare outcomes.
At this conference high profile speakers and delegates will discuss what employers could bring to the table to improve the outcomes of the UK welfare state.
The conference brochure for the day can be viewed online here.
Mark Hoban MP
Minister of State for Employment
Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP
Shadow Minister of State for Employment
Lord Wilf Stevenson
Chair, Step Change Debt Charity
Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, MD, FRCP, MACP, FMedSci
Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge and Adviser on Work and Health, Department of Health
Director of Life, Savings and Protection, Association of British Insurers
Sarah Jackson OBE
Chief Executive, Working Families
Chief Executive Officer, NEST
Chief Executive Officer, Unum UK
While attention is often given to changes in public programmes, it is important not to lose sight of how the environment for the “non-government pillar” is changing. Recent years have seen a focus on how individuals and families could take greater responsibility in the welfare state. Yet this should just be the start. Debate must also consider the potential role that employers could play in improving outcomes.
Particular emphasis will be given to employers’ potential role in addressing two of the most difficult issues facing reform: “managing sickness” (particularly for people in the “progression to work” group, where an immediate return to work is not appropriate but is a genuine possibility with time, encouragement and support) and “building financial resilience.”
Full programme details:
Provisional format for conference
08.30 – 08.55 Tea and coffee
08.55 – 09.00 Welcome and introduction
09.00 – 09.30 Keynote address by Mark Hoban MP
09.30 – 10.45 Panel discussion – managing sickness
10.45 – 11.30 Coffee
11.30 – 12.00 Keynote address by Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP
12.00 – 13.00 Panel discussion – building financial resilience
13.00 Close and lunch
This conference is kindly supported by Unum.