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Radical Statistics Group Annual Conference & AGM
Friends House, London, (across from Euston Station)
Saturday February 28th 2004:

Privatisation: Policies and Statistics

Privatisation is changing not only the face of publicly funded services, but also their infrastructure and the way statistics can be compiled. To monitor the impact of these changes on service providers and users, reliable statistics are needed, but these are not readily available. Changes in the way statistics are compiled makes it difficult to compare the situation before and after changes. Added to this, information which used to be in the public domain is disappearing from view as it becomes 'commercial in confidence'. This year's Radical Statistics conference explores these problems, with examples taken from a range of services and areas of our national life.

Our keynote speaker, Professor Allyson Pollock, is Chair of Health Policy & Health Services Research, UCL and Dir. of Research & Development at UCL Hospitals NHS Trust. Prof. Pollock's work on the private finance initiative has been of high profile. She has given evidence to the Health, Transport, and Treasury Select Committees of the House of Commons, and to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament. She has also co-written articles on the impact of the WTO and GATS on health and other public services.


0930-10.00:   Registration and Coffee

10.00-10.05   HELEN MESZAROS: Welcome from the Troika

10.05-11.00   ALLYSON POLLOCK: The NHS Plan: have the targets for expanded services been achieved? What the data tell us (Part 1).

11.00–11.45   ALISON MACFARLANE: The NHS Plan...What the data tell us (Part 2).

11.45-12.30   JEAN SHAOUL: Changes in accounting for public services and impact on data and transparency.

12.30-13.00   MIKE IRONSIDE: The impact of privatisation and marketisation on employment conditions in the public services.

13.00-14.00   Catered lunch

14.00-14.30   MARTIN MEYER: The real cost of privatising public transport.

14.30-15.00   JAY GINN: Denying and disrupting solidarity: UK pension privatisation.

15.00-15.45   MALCOLM SAWYER and LUDI SIMPSON will lead a discussion: Where do we go from here?

15.45-16.00   Tea / Coffee

16.00-17.00   Radstats Annual General Meeting (All welcome.)

Click here to print out a BOOKING FORM in PDF or RTF.

Please send your booking form to:
Radical Statistics Group
66 Stumperlowe Park Road
Sheffield S10 3QP

(This is the post-February 1st address.) Enquiries may be sent to admin@radstats.org.uk.

To submit items for the AGM agenda, please contact the Troika, troika@radstats.org.uk.

Please also consider joining us for any of the following planned social events:

  • Friday night gathering at Lucas Arms Pub, 245a Grays Inn Rd, WC1X 8QZ (from 7 o’clock, food avail.)
  • Saturday evening meal at South Asian restaurant in the Drummond Street (Advance booking appreciated)
  • Sunday Walk along the Canal, beginning at Angel tube station, Islington.

For more information about social events please contact Humphrey.Southall@port.ac.uk.

Directions to Friends House
Friends House is at 173 Euston Road, directly opposite Euston station and is easily accessible by most forms of transport. (www.quaker.org.uk)

By tube
The nearest tube stations are Euston and Euston Square, which are on the Northern, Victoria, Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines.

By bus
Buses 10, 18, 30, 73 and 205 pass the door whilst 59, 68, 91, 168, and 253 stop nearby.

By car
Note that the south side of Euston Road, the side of Friends House, is inside the Congestion Charge Zone between 7am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays. Go to www.cclondon.com for more information. Friends House is within a meter parking zone; charges must be paid Monday to Friday 08.30 – 18.30, Saturday 09.00 – 16.30. There are alternative, longer-term parking facilities under Euston Station. Also, there is free street parking on Saturdays just north of Friends House/Euston Road, in the Drummond St NW1 area.

To download a neighbourhoood map point your web browser to http://www.quaker.org.uk/images/fhmap.PDF

Accomodation is not being arranged by Radstats.

  • Some inexpensive lodging is available at the Friends International Centre around the corner. (£36 single, £60 twin)
    tel: 020 7387 5648 fax: 020 7383 3722 email: qic1@qic.org.uk
    website: http://www.quaker.org.uk/pubsetc/ovnight.html
  • See also; St Pancras Youth Hostel, 79-81 Euston Road NW1; tel: 0870 770 6044; fax: (020) 7388 6766; e-mail: stpancras@yha.org.uk (Pnds 24.00 per night B&B for adults; just down the road from Friends House). Book on-line at http://www.yha.org.uk
  • Ibis London Euston, 3 Cardington Street NW1; tel : (020) 7388 7777; fax: (020) 7388 0001 (Pnds 69.95 per night, but cheaper if you have a loyalty card; VERY close to Friends House) Book on line at http://www.ibishotel.com.
  • For other accommodation see http://www.4tourism.com/uk/london.html.

For a map to the Friday night pub, please point your web browser to www.multimap.co.uk and type in the postcode - WC1X 8QZ.

An A4 size flyer of the 2004 conference is available to print at www.radstats.org.uk/conf2004flyer.pdf.

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