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We are delighted to invite to our latest events to kick off the New Year:

  • Neil O’Brien MP, Siobhan Baillie MP and Rachel Maclean MP on the problems facing young families today and Onward’s New Deal for Parents project. 
  • Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer MP on how the UK can increase philanthropic funding for charities in conjunction with Onward’s upcoming philanthropy report. 
  • Minister for Safeguarding Laura Farris MP joins us at January’s Onward After Hours.
  • Minister for Small Businesses Kevin Hollinrake MP on how social enterprises can boost economic growth in the UK.

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We are excited to announce our latest panel event to celebrate the launch of Onward’s new project A New Deal for Parents.

Both the housing and cost of living crises fall hardest on young families, while prospective parents struggle to access the fertility assistance they need. Onward research has already analysed the UK’s broken childcare system, making clear both the financial pressures it piles on parents and the barriers it erects in the path of those keen to start a family.

The New Deal for Parents project aims to set out a policy programme to make it easier to start and support a family. The Project looks to influence Government policy and develop a manifesto to help put families at the centre of politics.

This panel will bring together leading members of parliament and Onward’s researchers to discuss the nature of the problem facing young families today, how we got here, and what needs to change to make it easier to be a parent in the UK.

We hope you are able to join us.

Date: Monday 15th January
Time: 19:00- 20:00
Location: Parliament

To sign up for this event, please click here.

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Across the UK, philanthropists have been funding causes close to the hearts of communities. Their contributions have set up football clubs for at-risk youth, regenerated town centres, and advocated for a greener future.

Yet the highest earners and wealth owners are donating proportionately less and too few wealthy donors are participating in philanthropy. As one in five charities edge towards bankruptcy, philanthropy has never been more important.

This event will celebrate the launch of Onward’s upcoming philanthropy report which explores a range of key issues around simplifying Gift Aid, reforming the wealth and financial advice sector to provide better advice on philanthropy, and on government advocacy for philanthropy.

The expert panel, led by Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer, will discuss how the UK can increase philanthropic funding for charities and target it towards the places and causes that stand to benefit the most.

The discussion will be followed by a short Q&A.

Date: Thursday 25th January
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Location: Central Westminster

To sign up for this event, please click here.

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Onward After Hours is our event series for under 35s, connecting the next generation of centre-right political thinkers. These events bring together journalists, special advisers, parliamentary staffers and more, to inspire fresh thinking and build connections

On Monday 29th January, we will host our first reception of 2024 with Laura Farris MP, Minister for Victims and Safeguarding.

This evening will be a great opportunity for a casual drink and a chance to discuss the policy agenda and what matters most for young voters.

We hope you are able to join us.

Date: Monday 29th January
Time: 18:00 – 21:00
Location: Central Westminster

To sign up for this event, please click here.

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The UK’s productivity challenge is damaging our international competitiveness as well as domestic living standards.  The conversation around improving productivity has been dominated by our tradeable and exporting sectors. Less attention has been given to understanding how social enterprise business models can be a vehicle for delivering economic growth.

Across the world, firms are discovering ways to maximise both social and economic value by transforming their supply chains, unlocking talent in local areas, and engaging with communities as citizens and not just consumers. But how can policymakers differentiate ESG rhetoric from reality? And what role can the government play in supporting these emerging business models and a new form of social capitalism?

This panel led by Kevin Hollinrake, Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Businesses, will bring together leading experts to discuss the nature of the problem facing the UK and firms today and what needs to change to ensure social mission goals are achieved. 

We hope you are able to join us.

Date: Tuesday 30th January
Time: 14:30 – 15:30
Location: Central Westminster

To sign up for this event, please click here.

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