University of Bath

Stakeholder Policy Engagement Day: Death, Dying and Devolution

A special expert-led event to discuss policy and practice associated with death and dying.

12 Sep 201710.45am
12 Sep 20177.00pm

On 12th September 2017 the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) will host a special expert-led event to discuss policy and practice associated with death and dying at the University's London offices on Pall Mall.

An invitation only event, this day will be a valuable opportunity to meet key stakeholders from across the sector, to examine best practice, emergent risks and challenges associated with devolution, the impact of public campaigns and influencing policy change.

The day will begin with a roundtable with the Department for Work and Pensions, focusing specifically on the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment. The afternoon will constitute a series of workshops and networking opportunities and will include the launch of the IPR Policy Brief on Death, Dying and Devolution. Commissioned to answer the call of the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s Special Inquiry into Bereavement Benefits in 2016 on the need to review policy across government departments, the IPR Policy Brief consists of contributions from experts across the sector. It details the opportunities, risks and challenges for death, dying and bereavement policy and services as a result of national and local devolution. The Brief aims to set the policy and research agenda for death, dying and bereavement for the next few transformative years.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance Caroline Dinenage MP will attend in the morning.

The day will be organised as follows:

  • 10.45am: Arrivals, tea and coffee
  • 11.15am: Welcome
  • 11.30am: Caroline Dinenage MP, Department for Work and Pensions Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance
  • 12.45pm: Working lunch session on influencing policy with Matthew Taylor, recent author ‘Good Work: the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’, former head of the No. 10 Policy Unit and current CEO of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)
  • 1.45pm: Break with refreshments
  • 2.15pm: 2017 Funeral costs: Louise Eaton-Terry, Royal London
  • 2.30pm: Children at the end of life: Alison Crake, NAFD
  • 2.45pm: IPR Policy Brief launch: Kate Woodthorpe, University of Bath
  • 3.00pm: Break with refreshments
  • 3.15pm: Working together: Policy priorities going forward. Throughout the day we will be asking you for your reflections on policy priorities, which will inform this final session of the day.
  • 4.45pm: Summing up
  • 5.00pm: Reception and networking
  • 7.00pm: Close