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Portcullis House, Attlee Suite

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The Moral Case Campaign

A new campaign putting the moral case for adequate minimum incomes and truly affordable housing"

Taxpayers Against Poverty -Progressive Policy Unit - Land Research Trust

We have come together to promote this seminar on at a time when low incomes and high rents and increasing mortgages in the UK are creating debt, hunger, homlessness, mental and physical ill health.

We are also celebrating 20th anniversary of the the publication of "Low cost but acceptable - a minimum income standard for the UK" published by the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust in 1998, when Paul Nicolson was chair, with which UNISON and London Citizens campaigned for the launch of the London Living Wage by Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, in 2001

There is time left for discussion and debate in the three hours available.

6pm: - Register


Chair Debbie Abrahams MP

6.15: 20 years after the publication of the first modern UK research into minimum-income standards

Paul Nicolson, founder Taxpayers Against Poverty ​& Zacchaeus 2000 Trust – 15 minutes. ​

Nick Sagovsky, Visiting Professor, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, King's College London - 15 Minutes

Questions & discussion – 10 minutes

6.55: Land and housing

Fred Harrison, executive director, Land Research Trust – 15 minutes

Ted Gwartney, appraiser and consultant in municipal finance, US government – 15 mimutes

Questions & discussion - 10 minutes

7.35: Coffee break - 15 minutes

7.50: The ethics of professional institutions

Stephen Hill, director, C2O Futureplanners – 15 minutes

Questions & discussion - 10 Minutes

8.15: Summing up

Pat Jones – Formerly chief operations officer of Depaul International -15 minutes

Questions & discussion - 25 minutes

Taking the campiagn forward

Tom Burgess, Executive Director, The Progressive Policy Unit

9pm: Depart


Debbie Abrahams has been the Member of Parliament for Oldham East and Saddleworth since winning a by-election in January 2011. She Chaired the Parliamentary Labour Party’s Health Committee leading an inquiry which reviewed the effectiveness of international health systems in improving quality and equity, which contributed to Labour health policy. Debbie was also a member of Labour’s Health Policy Commission and one of the elected PLP representatives on the National Policy Forum.

Debbie was a member of the Work & Pensions Select Committee from June 2011-March 2015 , where she led the call for an independent inquiry into the Government’s punitive New Sanctions Regime. She was re-elected as a member of the Work and Pensions Committee in July 2015 until her appointment as Shadow Minister for Disabled People in September 2015. In June 2016 she was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and she worked on this brief until 2018. She is also co-Chair of the APPG on Dementia and the first MP to have trained as a Dementia Friends Champion. She is Chair of the Health in All Policies APPG, Senior Vice-Chair of the APPG on Kashmir, Vice-Chair of the Britain-Palestine APPG, Vice-Chair of the Race and Community APPG and Vice-Chair of the APPG on Disability. Debbie’s professional background is in health and she is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. She was Chair of Rochdale Primary Care Trust and Director of a public health research group at the University of Liverpool, advising Health Ministries across the globe as well as agencies such as the World Health Organisation. Debbie is passionate about tackling inequalities and has campaigned extensively for a fairer society, setting up the Oldham Fairness Commission to deliver this in her own constituency.


Pat Jones CBE is just completing a PhD at Durham University studying UK Catholic homelessness charities using the concept of the common good as a primary interpretative tool. Previously she was chief operations officer of Depaul International, a homelessness charity working in seven countries, and remains a trustee. Her earlier career included periods as deputy director of CAFOD, as CEO of Prisoners’ Education Trust, and as assistant general secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Her approach to housing and homelessness draws from the tradition of Catholic social teaching.

Nicholas Sagovsky is a Christian theologian. In 1999, when he was William Leech Professor in Newcastle, he wrote for the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust 'Low Cost but Just, a Theological response to the Report of the Family Budget Unit "Low Cost but Acceptable, a Minimum Income Standard for the UK"'. In 2003, having moved to Liverpool Hope, he followed this with ‘What Will She Need?, A Theological Perspective on Pregnancy, Motherhood and Minimum Income Standards’. From 2004 to 2011 he was Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey, during which time he co-founded Article 26, to enable young people who have sought asylum in the UK and have been offered university places but denied student finance, to access Higher Education. He is now a Visiting Professor at Kings College London.

Paul Nicolson was ordained in the Church of England as a Minister in Secular Employment in 1968. From 1979- 1982 he was Independent District Councillor for the Kimpton Ward in the North Herts District Council. From 1982 - 1999 he was group Vicar of the Hambleden Valley Group of Churches in Buckinghamshire, where the Vicar of Dibley was filmed. In response to the Poll Tax he founded the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust on 1997. Since 2012 his advocacy is now channeled through Taxpayers Against Poverty from his home in Tottenham. He received the Best Non Academic Award 2015 from the Social Policy Association and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition (

Fred Harrison is Director of the London-based Land Research Trust. After a career in journalism he turned public consultant and devoted a decade to seeking to guide post-Soviet Russia on the principles of a humane financial system. His publications include Boom Bust: House Prices, Banking and the Depression of 2010 (2005). (https://www.

Ted Gwartney, MAI, has served as Professor of Real Estate Appraisal at Baruch College, NY. Among his public offices, he was Assessment Commissioner in British Columbia and Assessor in Southfield (Michigan) and Hartford, Bridgeport and Greenwich (Connecticut). In the private sector, he worked as Commercial Appraiser at Bank of America and City National Bank in Los Angeles.

Stephen Hill director C20 future planners MA, MRICS, is an independent public interest practitioner, with 40 years of public and private sector experience of housing, planning and delivering mixed used development, urban extensions, new settlements and community led neighbour regeneration. He is currently s Observer on the Housing Forum Board and was previously RICS representative on the CLG Housing Sounding Board and Housing Construction Round Table (2007 - 160. He has been directly involved in the development of policy and practice in the self-organizing housing sector working with CLG on custom build housing and with the various community housing sector bodies to help create a national community housing allowance he is currently chair of the UK cohousing network and a board member of the National Community Land Trust Network.

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