The Beveridge Society is the public relations arm of the Foundation. It organises national and international events, such as lectures, conferences, debates and forums, sometimes in conjunction with appropriate partners like other charities, national newspapers etc for the purposes of public discussion and to help the Foundation develop its thinking and work in order to achieve its objectives. Members of the British and other governments and specialists in particular fields such as health and social care, education and economic development will be invited to take part in these events. The Inaugural Conference of the Society took place in London in November 2007 on the theme: ‘What would William Beveridge do now?’
The Society plans to publish pamphlets and papers that will be available in hard copy format as well as posted on the Foundation’s new website. These publications will include topics covered in conferences and seminars; speeches presented at Society events and contain commissioned articles from appropriate eminent writers.
Reports from the Society’s events plus photos including from its inaugural conference held in November 2007 at the Institute of Chartered Engineers, Westminster, London.
Read and listen to speeches by invited speakers to Society conferences.
“Were Sir William Beveridge alive today I think he would be grappling with the complex issues surrounding the inter-relationship between the tax and benefit systems. Throughout the 1980s I believed this was the crucial issue and though progress has been made in the last 17 years there are still too many injustices, anomalies and disincentives within the present system. I hope the Foundation will contribute to debate in this area.”
Lord David Owen, 2007