The new Chancellor will be making decisions which will affect charities and communities themselves, the people they serve and their sources of income for years to come, and we want to give you a peek behind the Whitehall curtain during this time of government budget and spending review announcements.

Chaired by writer and broadcaster Nicola Walton, this event by Pro Bono Economics will be an opportunity for charities and community organisations to ask questions of former Ministers, senior civil servants and advisers. We will talk through the impact of new government's spending plans for the social sector, and the ways charities can work with Whitehall, to help charities and community groups plan and influence with confidence despite the uncertain economic situation.

11 October 2022 |3pm - 4pm

Chaired by writer and broadcaster Nicola Walton, and drawn from the world of policy, finance, and from the charity sector, our expert panel consists of:

  • The Rt Hon David Gauke, Former Secretary of State and Treasury Minister
  • Matt Whittaker, CEO, Pro Bono Economics
  • Clare Moriarty, CEO of Citizens Advice

This livestream event from Pro Bono Economics will contain plenty of opportunities for the audience to ask their questions of our expert panel.

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The Rt Hon David Gauke served as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice between 8 January 2018 and 24 July 2019. Prior to that, he was Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from June 2017 to January 2018, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury from July 2016 to June 2017. Importantly, he was Treasury Minister with responsibility for tax from 2010 to 2016, and was also MP for South West Hertfordshire from 2005 to 2019.

Clare Moriarty leads the national charity and network of local Citizens Advice charities across England & Wales to deliver their objective of giving people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward.

Clare was Permanent Secretary of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2015 to 2019, and of the Department for Exiting the EU until its closure in January 2020. Her early career was spent mainly in the Department of Health and the NHS, with senior roles in the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Transport.

After leaving the Civil Service, Clare chaired the Health Foundation Covid-19 impact inquiry and worked with organisations including Transport for London and the Bank of England. She is a trustee of the History of Parliament Trust, chairs the South Downs Partnership and is a member of numerous advisory and governance boards. Clare was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2020 Birthday Honours.

Nicola Walton is a writer and broadcaster. After a freelance career working for the likes of LBC Radio and The Independent newspaper, Nicola moved into education working as a visiting lecturer on the Masters in Financial Journalism at City University, London. In 2017, Routledge published her first book “How to Report Financial News”. She recently hosted a podcast mini-series, “Its the Economy” for Intelligence Squared.

Nicola works with a couple of Oxford-based charities, the Ashmolean Museum and the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion.

Matt Whittaker joined PBE as Chief Executive Officer in November 2019, having spent the previous 11 years at the Resolution Foundation think tank. He joined RF as Senior Economist shortly after its creation, and was instrumental in developing its research output and defining the low-to-middle income group that is the focus of the organisation's work. He went on to grow RF's research team considerably, becoming Chief Economist and, from 2015, Deputy Chief Executive. He is a leading expert on the subject of income inequality, and has worked across a number of areas related to UK living standards. His extensive body of written work and regular media contributions have covered the labour market, the tax and benefit system, housing, consumer debt, public finances, and the macroeconomy.

Prior to joining RF, he worked for five years in the House of Commons Library, where he provided economic and statistical advice to individual MPs and to a number of select committees. He started his career working as an economist at Hurlstons Corporate Consultancy. In 2009 he received a ‘Mentor of the Year’ award from the National Mentoring Consortium, and he received the Clayton Award in Economics when he graduated from Sheffield University.

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