"With 2016 marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Williams’ Keywords, an interrogation of the taken-for-grantedness of specific words, Paul Michael Garrett demonstrates how there is a pressing scholarly and political need to question and interrogate focal words and phrases within the neoliberal lexicon. Here, he looks at ‘welfare dependency’".


Link to blog post: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/%EF%BB%BFwords-matter-deconstructing-welfare-dependency-in-the-uk/



Dear Friends,

Earlier today you will have received notification from us outlining the SWAN Ireland charter, ahead of #GE16. We are asking all those standing in the General Election on 26 February a to endorse the Charter by signing it and committing themselves to this urgent 12-point reform progamme.

Hi all,

Please find below, a link to a small survey that has been complied to find out about people's recent experiences of using/supporting users of services in recent times. The aim of the survey is to identify the particular challenges that people are experiencing and to establish whether they might consider joining SWAN as a response to their dissatisfaction. It also aims to let both service users and practitioners know about SWAN, and so to try to establish a stronger support base.

We would really appreciate you taking the time (2 minutes) to fill in this survey and to share with others you think might like to complete it too.


The SWAN Ireland Steering Committee

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KMVPTMP


All those standing in the General Election in Ireland on 26 February are being asked to endorse the Charter by signing it and committing themselves to this urgent 12-point reform progamme. SWAN supporters are also asked to support the principles in the Charter.


The Social Work Action Network Ireland bulletin, “Frontline” has just been published. Issue 1, December 2015 can be found by clicking on the link below. Please read it and share far and wide. We would love to hear your thoughts about the articles you read and would also love to receive submissions future editions!

Our email is: socialworkactionnetworkireland "at" gmail "dot" com


Thanks, from the Frontline Editorial Collective (FEC)

Link to "Frontline", Issue 1, December 2015: