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Investigating cuts in children’s social care: an activist’s toolkit

December 21, 2012 admin 0

The West Midlands Social Work Action Network have produced a useful aid to radical social work practice entitled ‘Investigating cuts in children’s social care: an activists toolkit.’

As councils set their budgets for 2013-14 and impose yet further cuts to essential services, this timely guide provides the tools for activists to investigate cuts to children’s social care services. Produced by activists involved in the West Midlands Social Work Action Network, it draws on experience of researching and fighting cuts.

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Statement on the closure of the Independent Living Fund

December 21, 2012 admin 0

SWAN would like to support and share the following statement from colleagues in the disabled people’s movement on the closure of the Independent Living Fund:

Disabled people with the highest support needs have been left in fear and distress as they face the prospect of being denied the right to have Christmas in their own homes following a government decision announced this week to abolish a key source of independent living support.

The government decision to close the Independent Living Fund and instead devolve responsibility to local authorities follows a consultation that disabled people claim is unlawful and on which an urgent hearing has been scheduled by the High Court to go ahead on 13/14 March 2013.