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Personalisation: the facts

February 20, 2012 admin 0

A new bulletin on personalisation in Scotland has been produced by a coalition of UNISON, SWAN, the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland and several other service user and carer groups. The is a very handy resource and it is relevant to the rest of the UK. While supportive of the concept of personalisation, it gives details of how it has been hijacked and is being used a fig leaf for cuts and removing important community resources directly funded by local authorities.

You can download the resource here.

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Stop Tesco’s attack on the unemployed

February 18, 2012 admin 0

This morning (Saturday 18th February), the Social Work Action Network (SWAN) joined the Right to Work Coalition and others to temporarily shut down the Tesco Express store opposite the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

Across the nation today, similar actions are taking place to stop Tesco cashing in on unpaid labour, as part of the government’s Work Programme , which claims to be breaking ‘the cycle of benefit dependency.’

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School Uniform Grant Campaign

February 10, 2012 admin 0

SWAN activists in Liverpool are campaigning alongside Liverpool Against the Cuts (LATC) to reverse the council’s recent decision to scrap school uniform grants for 24,000 […]

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Statement on closure of the Southampton social Work course

February 1, 2012 admin 0

During this period of severe economic and social hardship, it is imperative that public, and in particular social care services, are maintained and strengthened. The reality is that, be it in adult’s or children’s services, as a society we are facing growing levels of complex care needs. And if we are to respond to this challenge,  above all we need have the highest quality workforce possible.

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Support Barnet social workers striking against privatisation

February 1, 2012 admin 0

In advance of the SWAN London ‘Privatisation and social care’ seminar on Saturday 4th February in Holloway, London, SWAN London hears that Barnet social workers are taking courageous action against the privatisation of their Adult Duty service next week (9th February) – please see a message from Barnet Unison below.