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Join Us at the Festival of Debate

Join Us at the Festival of Debate

The Festival of Debate is back for 2020 and we’re excited to announce that Disability Sheffield will be hosting two thought-provoking events.

The festival is a non-partisan programme of events that asks us to explore the most important social, economic, environmental and political issues of the day.

With this year’s tag line “Let’s make change” the festival brings together people, community organisations, progressive thinkers, charities, campaign groups, keynote speakers, activists and visionaries to discuss their ideas for making the world a better place for everyone to live in.

For six weeks in April and May this year in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster, the Festival of Debate will provide a safe, inclusive space to learn, debate and discuss the many pressing issues of our time.

The two events hosted by Disability Sheffield will be debating the effects of austerity on disabled people, and whether the Care Act has delivered on its promise of giving disabled people choice and control.

Thursday 16 April | 6:30-8:30pm | The Circle | Free
The Care Act offered up a promise of choice and control for disabled people. Has this promise been fulfilled? Or was it, like Monty Python’s famous cheese shop, empty? Join Disability Sheffield in conversation with Luke Clements, Cerebra Professor of Law & Social Justice at Leeds University as we explore this issue. To book your place at this FREE event visit this link: Book your place.

Monday 27 April | 6-7:30pm | The Circle | Free
In partnership with the Centre for Welfare Reform
From the bedroom tax to the crisis in social care, austerity has fallen particularly hard on disabled people. Join author Stef Benstead and Dr Simon Duffy who will share some of the Centre for Welfare Reform’s research on the impact of austerity on disabled people over the last ten years and share their strategies for campaigning in the future. To book your place at this FREE event, visit this link: Book your place.

The full Festival of Debate 2020 Programme includes details of speakers, events, venues/venue accessibility and more. View or download your copy here: Festival of Debate 2020 Programme


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