Women’s Conference takes place today (Sep 22nd) in Liverpool, ahead of National Conference commencing on the 23rd.
Ahead of this, last month we asked to select two topics of motions we would like to see debated at Women’s Conference. The motions were originally submitted by various CLP’s around the country and covered a hugely diverse selection of topics – from abortion rights, to social care, to the dreaded B word (rhymes with flexit).
Put to the vote, our members felt Housing and Social Care were the topics most important to them.
The Housing motion was proposed by Edinburgh Southern CLP and discussed that low cost, publicly managed, secure housing is particularly important for women, having often earned less throughout their working lives, and with primary caring responsibilities. The motion called for a reform to social housing policy and to give much higher profile in campaigning to Labour’s commitments to housing. It is no surprise that South Cambs members feel strongly about this topic, in an area where affordable housing is so difficult to come by.
The social care motions sought to bring social care back into public ownership in the form of a National Care Service, strengthening of rights for carers (most often women), and an increase in Carer’s Allowance. Again, it is little surprise our members wanted to support this as we encounter an increasingly ageing population who are often let down by the care system and cannot fund alternative options unless they have funds.
Ultimately it does come down to the national vote, where the topics of childcare and abortion rights came out on top. We do have a delegate attending Women’s Conference and hope to be able to update you on conference happenings at a later point.
By Karin Hilpert