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SWAN Conf 2012 – Friday 30th March

March 30, 2012 admin 0

Welcome to SWAN Conference 2012 – Day 1

Please find below snippets of information and quotes from the first session on inequality in Britain by Danny Dorling:


– Suspects inequality growing faster now than since records began in 1918

– As a % GDP UK govt spending lower by 2015 than any other country including US

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Progressive Social Work Manifesto, Hong Kong

March 28, 2012 admin 0

SWAN is excited to share with you the manifesto of Hong Kong’s Progressive Social Work Network (PSWN), which formed last year:

Progressive Social Work Manifesto
Progressive Social Work Network(PSWN)
September 2011, Hong Kong

In the past decade, the prevalence of neoliberalism and managerialism has seriously trampled upon Hong Kong’s welfare system. This dominance is reflected in the government’s policies of competitive bidding of service, adopting the principle of users pay, introducing Lump Sum Grants(LSG), reducing social security assistance, closing down single families and new arrivals service centers, and even using political tactics to suppress discontent.

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Report from Personalisation in Glasgow – 10th March

March 15, 2012 admin 0

Report from Glasgow City Unison on Personalisation in Glasgow conference:

Over eighty people, including thirty service users, attended a conference on 10 March to discuss and organise against cuts in services and support to disabled people in Glasgow. The event was organised by the trade union UNISON, the Defend Glasgow Services Campaign, the Social Work Action Network and disability groups in the city.

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Final timetable – SWAN Conf 2012

March 4, 2012 admin 0

SWAN would like to announce that the final timetable for our 2012 conference – ‘Cuts, crisis, and resistance – building alliances in social work and social care’ – has now been released, please find this attached. 

You can find out more about our seventh national conference here.